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I am the lone administrator in our office. We have gone from a support team of three admin people to one (I'm now the only one). I have taken on a lot of extra work since the Sr. Administrator left, and the receptionist went on maternity leave. Once I took on the extra work I thought I was doing a lot around the office, or that I was doing enough work around here - I thought my team members and my boss would take notice. Well, last week my boss decided to have me trained in 2 additional areas so I can help the "team" out more. I have a lot of mixed feelings about it. I want to help out, but when i go into the common area it seems that I am the only person doing any work. How can I be motivated to help these people when all I see them do is NOTHING?! I'm hurt that my boss doesn't think I do enough, and frustrated as to why he'd want me to take on more work. I know I'm not going to get a monetary raise, or compensation of any kind for working extra hours, and picking up more work, so there is very little incentive for me to want to do this. Can you offer any advice on how I should handle this?
Thanks, Busy in a sea of calm
Dear "Busy in a sea of calm",
A couple of things
occur to me. First, you need to let your boss know how you feel about
being asked to take on more tasks. Don't suddenly dump all over him
or her, but share your concerns about being asked to do more work without
apparent reward. Ask if this is a developmental opportunity. Will the
reward come later? Is the boss offering you stock options, or a promotion
down the road, or at least a plaque which acknowledges you as employee
of the week?
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