Learn How to Balance Your Workload

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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Employees who want more satisfaction out of their jobs must learn to balance their workloads, according to a recent article in the Globe and Mail. Whether  they're unhappy with the responsibilities or their talents are not being used to their fullest, employees must to recognize what's wrong in their daily tasks and make changes to fix it through a process called "rightloading." 

While your managers might not be intentionally overworking you, you still might have to discuss this issue with them, sometimes more than once.

Talking to Your Boss
When you're having problems with the demands of your job, the conversations you have with your superior should be happening regularly. Even if you're completing tasks and working efficiently one week, something unrelated to your job can shake things up at any point. And if you're struggling to balance your various responsibilities, all you have to do is arrange for one-on-one chats with your boss. More often than not, they understand when issues beyond your control cause interruptions in your work from time to time, so instead of appearing like you're slacking off, you can be honest and explain what's going on.

"If you're experiencing health issues, facing eldercare or childcare problems, let us know," Saskatoon-based productivity consultant Patricia Katz told the Globe. "If something has changed in your personal life that affects your ability to focus at work, fill us in. It's impossible to offer help when we're in the dark about the problems."

Don't Ppromise Everything
There's a difference between challenging yourself with additional work tasks and biting off way more than you can chew. While your manager will appreciate you offering to help with other responsibilities, it's not helping if you can't complete them. Think realistically about the number of projects you can finish in a week or month, and after you've mapped out the proper timeline, let your boss know when you expect to be finished.

Managing a heavy workload is difficult, especially for recent graduates just starting out in the field of business. Thankfully, they'll have an education to fall back on. Those interested in training for positions in accounting can enroll in the Accounting and Payroll Administrator program at Vancouver Career College. For more information, fill out the form on the right.


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