It's important to realize that seemingly beneficial projects at work can negatively impact your career. Every non-core business activity you perform means you have less time available for your primary work. Leadership and teamwork may be highly valued in your organization, enough so that extra duties are net benefits to your record. But to determine the right mix, you need to be constantly aware of how non-core functions can influence your work product or the perception of your value at your company. Not all companies have the same criteria for success. What are the criteria at your company? Revenues? Market share? Product innovation? Leadership initiatives? Client quality? Is the added task high profile within the firm? Will it diminish your ability to perform your core job? Will you receive a different quality of core assignments? Will the new function change your interaction with key executives? Will the additional responsibility affect your compensation or standing at the company? A new responsibility could be the best thing for your career, just make sure you consider all aspects before you undertake it.
Terri Tierney Clark
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