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Your boss’ #1 concern about your work

September 3, 2008 by Carol Katarsky
Posted in: Communication, Hiring & training staff, In this week's e-newsletter, Latest news & views

You may have the most bulletproof controls and procedures this side of the international dateline, but the CFO is still worried that

you may fall victim to burnout. So says a recent survey by Accountemps.

It’s easy enough to do in a job that is often repetitive and has high stakes. Let’s face it, a few missed keystrokes can cost your company a wad of cash. Which is why it’s actually a good sign that it’s on CFOs’ radar screens. It means they know just how much work you do.

So while you may not be worried about falling victim to burnout, it’s not a bad idea to demonstrate to the boss that you’re still on top of your game. Taking classes to keep up to date, discussing current business trends, etc. all show that you have a genunine interest in your work — and that you’re not just watching the clock.

Feel like burnout might be creeping up on you? Look for ways to keep the job fresh. That could be cross-training to do other tasks or building up skills where you might be a little weaker. Even smaller changes, like finding time to take a walk every day at lunch can give you a much-needed boost.

Everyone faces a small case of burnout from time to time. How do you deal with it when you hit that point? Let us know in the comments.

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3 Responses to “Your boss’ #1 concern about your work”

  1. Paula Beck Says:

    I actually let my boss know when I’m not at the top of my game. He understands, because he goes through the same thing himself. And I think that he eases up on the pressure during these times.

  2. Nick Martin Says:

    I tell my boss when I would like to work on different projects and I always volunteer to pitch in when he or others in my department are lagging. It scores points and changes the pace. Even if it gets me a little behind on my regular boring work, it creates a challenge getting caught up.

  3. Carol Katarsky Says:

    @Paula, @Nick: Good to hear that your bosses give you some flexibility to keep things fresh.


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