Here are some corollary thoughts about doing favors in the workplace:
- It is never a favor when my boss, supervisor, or anyone else “above me” asks me to do something. It’s my job. No matter what it is…no matter how small or seemingly unrelated to my day-to-day responsibilities.
- Therefore, watch yourself and be careful not to begin an emotional “bank account” with people above you in the organization. They are never indebted to us. We are always clean – fair and square- after every paycheck.
- It is always a favor when I ask someone “across” from me (in the org chart) to do something. This is true, even if I think it is included in their job description, they are still doing me a favor if I am adding to their workload.
- Therefore watch yourself and be careful not to assume that others “ought to” do what you ask.
Thanks for listening.