Friday, July 8, 2011

Doing it just good enough

A colleague shared with me the other day about his thoughts on doing things just good enough. A simile given by him was like taking an exam. If 75 marks can already give you an "A", then why strive to get 100.

I sort of disagreed with him but at the same time felt he has a valid point.

Looking at my working environment now, there are these people who are doing just enough to cover their asses, some even less than expected.

Then there are those who are doing more.. some even doing their manager's jobs. Usually these people are the ones swarmed with more work because they are seen as being high performers.

So there must be a catch on being a high performer, all of us would think, right? Unfortunately that's not always the case. Some companies do not have much difference in terms of the % of bonus or increment for people who do just enough and people who do more.

Oh.. promotion maybe? Well some companies expect you to do much more than the more that you are doing in order to be considered for promotion. That again is no guarantee as it will also depend on whether there is a vacancy for you to be promoted to! So at times you get the promises but not the rewards, and ended feeling short changed.

I agree that job satisfaction is not only about dollars & cents, or about promotion. There are also other factors such as environment, your boss, your colleagues, the potential of learning & contributing etc. However like it or not, when you feel you are being taken advantage of and other people are reaping the benefits, it just feel so demotivating.

So is it still worth to deliver more... or just good enough is already good enough?

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