You might have heard about these from people who are your senior. Maybe you are the new fellow in the company, or your aunty is giving your career advice. Nevertheless, you should know that some advice are not true or rather slightly misleading. We will find out why.
1. “More working hours, more productivity, and therefore more salary”.
More hours doesn’t mean more productivity. Most of the time you can earn overtime when you stay late but you should make use of your working hours to produce maximum results, rather than relying on overtime to get more money. By reducing the hours on overtime, it shows that you are being responsible and you are helping the company to save resources. Overtime is allowed in times of emergency.
2. “Take up as many assignments as you can to prove that you are capable of multitasking”.
If your plate is full, you should watch out on what’s spilling at the edge, not adding more food to your plate. When you have an important assignment, focus on it. Why get a new assignment when you already have one to work on? When you produce excellent results on your “one” project, it proves you are being responsible and capable of handling any projects. However, if you take more than one projects and you are running out of time, it only proves that you are being silly.
3. “Never spend too much time talking to colleagues, they are your enemies at work”.
Then again, if you do not talk to your colleagues, how are you going to work on a project as a group? It is important to spend a few minutes talking to your colleagues to build up a strong relationship. Communication is even more important when you are the rookie.
4. “Accept any promotion you get so that you get more power and more money”.
You can accept a promotion to be a manager, but you should also consider the possibility that you will never get to do the job you love anymore. Instead of researching on your project, you will be switching to managing people, solving conflicts and making sure that all projects are progressing well, rather than participating in the projects. You just need to ask yourself, “is it worth it?”.