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Should work assignments be based on the employee’s strengths?  Is it OK for your boss to coercise you into a job he knows you dislike, yet he is aware that you want to develop in another position and that is your strength?




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      Anne E wrote Jun 23, 2011
    • Sad to say, unless it’s illegal or immoral, in this economic climate, you‘re pretty much stuck doing whatever they ask you to do. frown

      An exceptional manager takes into consideration an employees strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, but there aren’t that many of them around.




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      Tuliplady wrote Jun 23, 2011
    • I work for one of those exceptional bosses.  She’s very good at having each of us do what we‘re really good at.  Of course we still have to a lot of the unpleasant stuff, but she plays to our stregths.




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      Linda L wrote Jun 23, 2011
    • Thanks ladies for your wise answers.




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      Monay wrote Jun 23, 2011
    • Depends on the type of company and person you work for/with.  Most directives are based on the company's need and if you are good at what you do the reward is more work, not pay..  good, bad or indifferent .    Even though you might not like it, do the best you can.  You never know who is watching.  Good luck!




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      Kyah wrote Jun 25, 2011
    • I know this by experience. The quickest way to lose a good employee is have them do a job others can easily do because they need a ‘body’ to do this. I am the most experienced clerical person where I work (my title is secretary) and because they need someone to do the mailing after another person (a clerk) retired, I’m it. I can spend weeks stuffing envelopes and that’s not what I signed on for. In the mean time, the phone clerks are sitting there reading supermarket circulars, novels, the bible and I’m back up to the back up which means I have to prepare mail, request medical records, type physician abstracts & reviews as well as import cases and track cases. I am losing my skills as a good secretary (my speed is down 20 words per minute which means I just pass at 30) and I let them know in no uncertain terms that they‘re going to miss me when I’m gone. It’s almost evaluation time and I’m certain my pre-eval will raise a few eyebrows. Their motto is “100% employee satisfaction” and I would say 15 out of 300 employees are happy, and I’m not one of the 15.




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      Linda L wrote Jun 25, 2011
    • Thank you Kyah for understanding what I am going through at work.  I am a teacher’s aide/recess staff at an elementary school.  I have expressed to our wellness coordinator(aka asst principal) that for the next school year my goal is to focus on developing my skills as an aide because working with students academically is my strength.  Playground work has been very frustrating due to the lack of a good discipline system (for the last couple of years), no consequences for behavioral problem students, etc.  The other 2 recess staff are as frustrated as I am, but they still want to continue this position. Due to a large portion of recess duty, I have lost my skills as a good teacher’s aide.  The wellness coordinator and teachers I work with advocate my passion to be more successful in working with students academically, yet my boss’s perspective of me is negative.




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