Many studies and surveys correlate handling pressure and a crushing workload with being seen as responsible and effectiveness. Such studies probably over-emphasize the impact of hard work and dedication and diplomatically minimize talk of office politics and the politics of the corporate jungle. Nevertheless, there is no denying how managing one’s workload is conducive to being seen as efficient not to mention maintaining one’s sanity. Ironically, as corporations lay off people they expect the remaining employees to cover for those that were let go.
In fact, to move up in a corporate structure one must be seen as cool, calm, collected and in control. Nothing says ready for promotion than underutilized and not busy enough!
This is why it helps to be efficient.
- Place calls early. Busy people are more likely to pick up the telephone or respond between 8:00 to 9:00. Moreover, an early message is more likely to get returned on the same day.
- Multi-tasking is your enemy. Concentrate on one thing at a time. Place the telephone on ‘ Do Not Disturb’ and uncheck the notification alert on the email program.
- Report more not less. Delivering more does not signal that you need a bigger workload; rather it tells your manager and company that they do not need to look over your shoulder.
- Never, lose your cool. It is imperative that you show grace under pressure and never melt under a deadline.
- Most importantly, be organized. Take time upfront to develop a rational yet simple filing system whether in a drawer or on the computer. You never know when a graphic may come in handy once again.
These tips help one finish the job without sweat and make it home in time for dinner.
The path to promotion or potential advancement is hardly a mystery then if the political end is taken care of. Aside from efficiency and control, company executives are expected to:
- Be educated. A Masters degree is better than a Bachelor’s is better than a Diploma, which is better than a high school degree.
- Maintain a professional image including personal hygiene and quality attire.
- Have a more diverse background. Being at the same company in the same country for 15 years means you are stuck.
- Sneak in some operations responsibility, duties or a job into the business or technical mix of things.
- Work or communicate with other offices or emphasize it should you be well-travelled.