There Is Not Enough Work To Do

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors not enough work.

We are two A-Type people with not enough work to go around. We are in a rapidly-growing area that (someday) will have more than enough work. But right now it is crushingly boring. Should we tell the boss?

Signed, Under-worked

DearĀ Under-worked:

Your boss is likely well-aware of how much work you are or are not doing. It may be that he or she wants to have you there and ready when work DOES start being busier. Or, maybe he or she is hoping you will develop things to do to stay busy. You can certainly try to tell you boss more clearly–but you might end up with only one of you working and the other wishing you had kept quiet about it!

If you are getting paid by the hour, fill those hours with your regular work, plus the work of a good organizational citizen: Cleaning, straightening up, organizing, finding solutions to problems, developing new processes, and other things that will not only keep you busy but will help the company grow and become strong. If you are paid by the piece or the order or whatever, you have another decision to make. If you aren’t able to work enough to make sufficient income you may have to find other work.

Think of yourself as being in an ideal situation by most people’s standards. You have a job you apparently like. There is great potential. But right now there is little work pressure, so you can develop yourself and your work without a lot of stress. And, you and your co-worker can become strong partners. You also can become the strong right arm of your boss. The old adage of making the boss look good applies here. to Ask the Workplace DoctorsBe prepared for the time when you feel overwhelmed with work and even being a Type-A personality doesn’t keep you from being tired! Best wishes!

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina had a thirty-three year career in law enforcement, serving with the Denver Police Department from 1969-1994 and was the Presidential United States Marshal for Colorado from 1994-2002. She provides training to law enforcement organizations and private sector groups and does conference presentations related to leadership, workplace communications and customized topics. Her style is inspirational with humor.