How Keeping Secrets At Work Could Be Hurting Your CareerPosted: 6th of March 2015 by
Are you the sort of person who jealously guards their work? There are those people who are very secretive about their jobs – exactly what they do, and how they do it. On the surface this may make sense to those who feel insecure in their work. Perhaps you fear that by telling others how to do what you do at work you will undermine your own position? You may feel that by keeping aspects of your job secret you will ensure your place in the company you work for – however such an attitude may be holding you back at work.
Let’s suppose, for example, you work in as an office administrator, and you are the only person who knows how to order new supplies for the office. You may feel that this unique knowledge makes you indispensable and therefore secure in your job. While this may be the case, by holding onto this knowledge you may be using this security against your own career progression.
There is such a thing as being too useful in your position to be considered for promotion. It is called a career rut – getting yourself into a position where your bosses won’t promote you because you are invaluable where you are. If you are the type of person who is unwilling to share what they are doing at work with others, and yet you find others getting promoted ahead of you, you may already have created that career rut for yourself!
Rather than jealously holding on to every scrap of information, you should instead seek to be more open with your work colleagues. Let them see what you do, and how it is done. Rather than undermining your usefulness to your employer, this tactic will actually mark you out as a team player. Indeed, by showing junior members of staff how to do aspects of your job, you are already paving the way to promotion by setting up your own replacement when you move on. What’s more, by letting others know how to do parts of your current job, you will be giving them the tools to be able to help you out should things get busy from time-to-time.
By contrast, hoarding your work duties will create a division in your workplace as colleagues mark you out as the sort of person who is insecure and unwilling to share their knowledge. All good managers are happy to share their knowledge and experience with others, and are secure enough to not worry about undermining their position. You should try to be the same.
Those who hide their knowledge and guard their work are also the ones who find themselves overwhelmed at work when they realise there is nobody with the relevant skills to help lighten the load. It may seem counter-productive at first, but by sharing your knowledge and skills you are not only paving the way to your promotion, but also actually showing what you know and what you do in a far more effective manner than hiding your duties away as something only you should be able to do.
Finally, if you are worried about others taking your job, don’t be. You should be doing enough to make it impossible to take on your work as well as their own – even if they wanted to (which they won’t!).
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