10 Workplace Myths


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Your Boss Will Notice if You Work Hard
It's important to work hard, but if you want to be recognized for your effort, it's in your best interest to speak up.
It's important to work hard, but if you want to be recognized for your effort, it's in your best interest to speak up.
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As with loyalty mentioned earlier in this article, we grow up to believe that the harder we work, the greater our rewards. We praise historical heroes who put in everything they had, even against the odds. Such dedication doesn't just take time, it takes the time and skill to go beyond your responsibilities. This can get you noticed by the boss and help you get a raise, right?

Not always, and it may set you up for unintended opposite results.

For many employers, the only things that go noticed are the things that aren't working right. If sales are slow or the Internet is down, management notices. If you're productive and doing your job, though, your employer may take it for granted.

This means that if you constantly "work hard," your employer may not notice you're working above your average productivity. Instead, your boss may come to expect that's actually your average productivity. Consequently, when you're unable to sustain that above-average performance, your employer will notice the drop in your productivity.

Rather than pushing yourself to your limits where you might burn out, aim for a steady, sustainable pace. Meet your goals and deadlines, but don't promise beyond what you can deliver. With your pace established, carefully pick moments when you can go above and beyond and really have a chance get noticed for the effort.

On the next page, you'll find many more resources to help you to separate fact from myth when it comes to the workplace.

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