I remember my first job out of college was at a nonprofit. My job was working with clients and helping them find work.
One day the communal printer broke down. The IT department was taking a while to come and look at it. I decided to take it upon myself to look at the printer. I fixed it within five minutes and became the "wow you're great with computers" guy.
From then on, I was called upon for everything. Mouse not working, printer is printing blank pages, I can't find a file on my computer, etc etc. You get the point.
After I left that job and moved on to different jobs, I've played stupid with most computer issues from coworkers asking for help.
"If you do some else's job, they will let you."
If it's a non incentivized job (sales), it's in your best interest to do a "good enough" job. I made the mistake of going above and beyond. When I requested a transfer to a more lucrative position, the GM was like "but I like you here, you're the best we have". fuk that noise
Isn't it the best?? Way better than recognition, promotions, and money
This is quite common: good workers are rewarded with more work. People who screw up aren't given hard tasks because, well, they'll just screw it up.
I hate it. Some people take advantage of it. Management is the real problem here - needs to get rid of slackers and/or reward the hard workers.
My job has this cool thing where the manager will bug you to be done by 11 and even if you get everything done before 11, they'll find other things for you to do until 11:30 then complain about how everyone needs to work faster.
Oh my... I can relate to this. They are cutting jobs and adding those to current ones. Only because we are performing above expectations. Oh, you're doing great and getting your work done? Here, we're going to fire the reporting analyst and give you her job.
I also saw this on Facebook from people who don't understand memes.
I'll tell you what they told me when I got promoted, "No good deed goes unpunished."
My job likes to hire temps, then complain that they are spending too much on temps, get rid of temps and make regular hourly employees cover the temps jobs.
Never give them more than 80%. The moment they notice what 100% looks like they'll want that to become the new normal. If you enjoy what you do then have at it. If it is just a job then take care of yourself first.
I was in the Air Force. I couldn't see to get out of the mail department after six years on three different bases. Smart co worker told me one day that you never will get out of here, you do a great job. Fuck it up and they will move you someplace else.
Got sent to another base and same thing, mail department. Got sent to yet another base and surprise! I got sent to an admin job in a cop squadron. Was there four years and butted heads with the commander. I got fed up with him and went from coming in early, working through lunch, staying late, coming in on weekends to doing no more than I had to and less. My coworker had been right, six months later they moved me to supply.
Ya and if you choose to not play the game of politics and hope your work ethic alone will get you promoted... You get pasted over because you didn't get enough face time with the higher ups.