An often-heard complaint about young workers nowadays is they are not hard-working enough.
It is said that our youngsters tend to be calculating and are generally unwilling to volunteer their help, especially if they are not paid extra money.
In his experience in dealing with employers, employment consultant Armstrong Lee said, most prefer to hire someone who is willing to come forward and take the initiative.
“If your boss asks you to finish tasks ABC, and you finish these tasks as required, you are only meeting expectations,” Lee wrote in a Hong Kong Economic Journal column.
“But if you can take the initiative to get tasks DEF sorted out as well, you would exceed expectations and therefore more easily get noticed and rewarded.”
Being able to deliver more than you are asked to demonstrates to your boss your capability to take up more important posts.
When your boss needs someone to fill a more senior position, the person who always exceeds expectations will naturally come to his mind first and become his preferred option.
Those who like to whine about too much work or too little pay, and always refuse to go the extra mile only have themselves to blame if they are stuck in the same position year after year.
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