We all knew of a teacher’s pet back at school, that one person who (annoyingly to us) helped the teacher constantly with putting the class in order, getting things they wanted and always sat at the front. They always seemed to say yes to everything the teacher asked. Well as much as it annoyed you back at school, the reality, is the method works. That teachers pet was always favored by the teacher, recommended for more important tasks and usually always given a good report.
There’s a leaf that should be taken from the ‘Teacher Pet’ method in our jobs, which is learning to say yes at work. Learn not to over think taking extra tasks that could turn out to be opportunities where you could make an impact at work and which could allow you to be more known amongst top managers and colleagues you may not work with on a day-to-day basis. Saying yes to extra requests could show that you are good at managing your workload and your time, thus allowing it to be more likely that you may be chosen to handle more important tasks, leading to the possibility of promotions and bonuses. Equally as important, saying yes to certain tasks, most especially those you may not necessarily come across with every day, provides an opportunity to be challenged and learn more.
Doing your day-to day job at work is great, that’s what you’re getting paid for right? However, the reality is, bosses commend and promote those who put the extra work in, those who offer to get involved in tasks that are beyond their day to day role and are willing to help out when things get busy, thus seeming to be reliable and a team player.
However, you’re not at school anymore, you shouldn’t feel the need to do excessively more at work than what you can actually handle. Wanting to seem like a team player to your manager should not mean you should take on more work than you can actually manage, which would cause you to burn out, lower your effectiveness and productivity and spend less time at home with family and friends. As much as you would like to raise your profile, make sure you do not jeopardise your health and the quality of your work.
Say ‘yes’ to that which could nurture you, but ‘no’ to that which could negatively affect you.