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this wasn't in my job description This Wasn't in My Job Description!
We all take on tasks or activities from time to time that fall outside our specific roles - it's part of being a helpful and flexible team player. But what can you do if they threaten to take over your workload?

It's important that you don't allow yourself to be derailed from your core responsibilities. You can find out why, and learn how to prevent such a situation, with our article, This Wasn't in My Job Description!

If you feel that the strengths that got you hired are being underused, our articles, Job Crafting and Job Analysis, can help you to shape your role to suit you better, while retaining its key priorities.

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Discover how worldwide HR innovator Randstad transformed its learning culture by adopting "Lean Learning." Join our webinar tomorrow, Wednesday, February 28, 11 a.m. EST (4 p.m. GMT) to hear Randstad's own experts describe their success story. To register, click here.

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A Final Note

Sometimes, "that's not in my job description" can be the annoying mantra of an obstructive individual, but it can also be the legitimate concern of a hardworking team member. So, be careful not to dismiss someone as "difficult," when all they want is to be a more productive, focused worker.

Next week, you can discover how to read and understand people's body language.

Have a great week!

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James Manktelow (CEO)

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