CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JUN. 07, 2016
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Are You Too Good at Your Job?

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Do you feel you are too good for your job? Do you think it’s time to look for a new one? Maybe it is time to do so. If yes here’s what you need to do.

It feels great when you know you are good at your job, especially when you are already giving your 100 percent. This shows that you have a strong commitment to succeed in it and that can only be a good thing. Doing your best and contributing to something that means a lot to you can be satisfying and enjoyable and this feeds your ambition to move forward.

But what happens when you are too good at your job that your boss prefers that you stay in it? What about your career advancement? Have you ever thought about how your competence in your job could be hurting your career altogether?

See Also: 3 Reasons Getting Fired Can Be Good For Your Career

Being exceptionally good isn’t always a good thing for a number of reasons. For the most part, it’s good for you because it means you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, but how certain are you that want to do this forever?  

When you show your boss that you are fully dedicated to your job and end up doing extra work there is a huge risk that you become indispensable. Now before you say anything, being indispensable is a good thing because it proves to your boss that you are a valuable member of the company. But, it also means that your work has become an essential part of day-to-day operations of the business. In this case, it means that you can’t easily be replaced and that you may lose out on opportunities to advance.

Apart from that, other people are always going to expect more from you, and most likely your boss has higher expectations of you. For this reason, you may stop getting positive feedback for your work or any praise for your brilliant ideas. This can be frustrating because it makes you feel that you belong in your current position and you have no prospect of advancing to a higher position.  

As research confirms, people who work hard and go the extra mile to do their job and satisfy their boss, end up burdened by their own competence. In contrast to their peers, these go-getters feel that they always need to try harder to prove themselves, and sacrifice a lot of their time to help their coworkers even if this means that they have to divert from their own goals.

Being too good at your job could be a huge setback in your career unless you are quick enough as to prevent it. Here’s how you can do that.

#1 Make a Change

Change the way you communicate with your boss and coworkers. Show them that you are willing to let them decide important things and back up a little. You don’t have to stay completely out of projects the team is working on, rather try to give others the chance to try harder. Don’t allow yourself to do all the hard work and ask for their opinion. You may feel that you know the answer or the right path to follow but try not to be so determined about it. Hear what other people have to say and then express your opinion. This should help them realise that you are not the know-it-all in the office and probably stop being so harsh on you.

#2 Share Your Knowledge

In order to take some of the burden off your shoulders, share your knowledge with your most trusted co-worker or someone you think can do the job while you are away. When you are indispensable, you may find it difficult to get longer vacations, and you will need someone to cover for you. Likewise, offer to get to know your coworker’s duties so that you can do the same for him. This is not only beneficial for you but the company as a whole as well. If you are planning to advance outside the company, this scenario works because it makes it easier for your boss to replace you or at least find a temporary solution.

#3 Prepare to Leave

You may be good at your job, but if it is not taking you anywhere professionally, perhaps you need to leave your current employer. If things don’t get any better, you may need to start looking for another job that can offer you a higher salary, a better job title or anything that allows you to advance your career. When you do find one, your boss may offer you a promotion or raise if you are too valuable to the company, and then you will need to make a huge decision in regards to your career prospects.  

See Also: 7 Signs That You Blatantly Love Your Job

So how good are you at your job? Do you think you are indispensable? Let me know in the comments section below…

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