A few days ago, I was blog surfing when I stumbled across a post that made me do some thinking out loud.
The majority of this person’s post was about changing job descriptions in the work place. The author expressed his sentiment that sometimes your job can include more tasks than the job description outlined, perhaps even some duties you really didn’t bargain for. Now, we all know this happens. And sometimes it provides an opportunity skills that you can use later you to leverage your way into a new position. That is thinking smart.
However; this person went on to say that you need to do whatever your company tells you to do because you should be grateful that you have a job. As a worker bee, you should haul ass to help the company pull through in these (wait for it, I’m about insert a buzz phrase here) “tough economic times” because it is not only your duty to save yourself, you must save the company too.
The same company that probably wouldn’t have a problem tossing you out on your hinny cheeks when times get rough.
Which brings up the question: when does getting more experience start to turn into the company getting over on you? We all know that sometimes we have to do things that are not officially in our job description, yes. But at what point are you being undervalued and well, cheated?
Outside of robbing us of a sense of security, I believe this recession has also robbed some people of their personal moral. Getting laid off hurts. Searching for months to find a job hurts. In the midst of it all, it is natural to start to question your skills, but at some point you have to lift yourself up. And most importantly, I think you have to remember that you have options. They might be harder to find, but options are out there.
Sometimes we do have to work at jobs we don’t want to do to make money. Believe me, I get that (remind me to tell you all about my temp jobs!), but at some point you have to value yourself and your skills. The company should be happy to have YOU. Yes, times are tough right now, but that doesn’t mean you need to put up with being ill-treated, right?
What do you think? How are you reminding yourself that your skills are valuable?