Be hardworking or have a career? The worker bee myth

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Without hard work there is no price - that is true, but you need some self-marketing, efficiency and negotiation skills to be successful in your professional life. That is why worker bees rarely make a career.

Be hardworking or have a career? The worker bee myth

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Simone Janson Simone JansonSimone Janson is publisherConsultant and head of the Institute's job pictures Yourweb.


Worker bees do incredible things, but there is a lack of recognition

There are people who make it in Company Incredible things, almost overflowing with good ideas, working with tremendous vigor until you drop - and then often lying completely burned out in the corner while others next to them climb the career ladder with a beaming smile. Injustice, right? Professional success is often equated with long working hours. We often overlook what really matters.

Because precisely those who achieve incredible things in their job and work until they drop are often denied the necessary recognition. On the contrary, if they do make a mistake, they are immediately criticized for it. That is because bosses are not used to mistakes from them. Injustice, right? Unfortunately, these worker bees overlook some critical factors that are far more important to careers than performance..

force of habit

But why is it like that? On closer inspection, there is a whole bunch of reasons. On the one hand, there is the habitual effect: an employee who is consistently good at performing is extremely useful and convenient for the boss:

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In the end, he sprints without complaining. Then why should he be promoted - where he is now he is doing the best. Provided that his performance is even noticed. Because such hard-working workers are often criticized by the boss because bosses are not used to making mistakes. And because their consistently good performance is considered normal, the employee is often not shown the necessary respect.

Do good and talk about it

Another important point is therefore self-expression. What is the point of unbelievable workload and top performance if the boss doesn't even notice that you are always so good? Therefore, you should not only work until you drop, but also communicate this to the outside world - like a company that cannot only invest in the development of a new product in the hope that it will then sell itself.

Advertising is at least as important - even if some people find that difficult to understand. In my circle of friends I have several cases of people who, for example, very subtly made it clear to their boss that they also have other options - and have thus climbed a management position.

More work is no more achievement

A common misconception is that the more you work, the more you get. Stress only makes you physically more productive, and only for a while, while it tends to hinder clear thinking. But everyone can probably confirm from their own everyday life that many mistakes happen in stressful situations.

Hasn't it already happened to you that you were nervous about an important meeting or presentation - and promptly poured coffee over your pants? Or did you have to finish something on the computer quickly, hit the wrong key in a hurry - and the whole file was gone? A hectic pace and, associated with it, inattention are very often to blame for such mishaps. Pay attention to it.

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Leadership as a career factor

For those who want to move up, not only specialist knowledge and motivation count, but also leadership qualities. At least the boss who is supposed to promote you has to be convinced that you have some. Bosses are usually not convinced of this. He notices that the employee achieves a lot, but also that he is primarily driven by the fear of making a mistake.

The driving force behind action is not the joy of work, the positive, forward-looking “wanting to create something”, but pressure and fear. The problem, however, is that fearful people are less likely to have competence, less respect for them and less responsibility, which is why such employees are often passed over in a promotion.

Away with the perfectionism, with the thick skin

But how is the boss supposed to have respect when an employee crouches fearfully in the chair in front of him during a critical discussion and so formally demonstrates to him through her body language that she is not ready for management tasks? It is much better if an employee deals confidently and confidently with criticism and shows next time that he has learned from it how he can do it better.

But overzealous, perfectionist natures in particular fear the criticism that could hit them as soon as they do something wrong, so much that they do everything in their power not to make mistakes. Only in the rarest of cases can this goal be achieved. The more you focus on the criticism - and make yourself vulnerable.

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