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Dealing with increased workload

As you progress along your career path, and as organisations keep their headcount lean to keep operational costs minimal, you may find yourself handling an increased workload.

With the competitive nature of Hong Kong’s financial services industry – coupled with uncertainties about the current economic climate – many professionals may find it challenging to stay cool despite an increased workload.

Why more work can be good for you

Once you are able to prove you can handle the extra workload, the benefits to your career (and your resume) are boundless. If you were hired at a junior level but are doing the workload (and succeeding) on an intermediate or senior level, there will be a likely chance this will get noticed and you will be promoted to reflect your abilities.

Alternatively, whilst working with a leaner organisation, you are gaining an opportunity for exposure to many more duties, tasks and opportunities that you may not get with another firm for a few more years. This gives your CV a boost as well.
Here’s how to deal with the extra work and not get burnt out:

Think positive

Have the right frame of mind. When given more responsibility at work, think of it as an opportunity to take a positive step forward in your career. This is your time to show your boss that you are ready to take on new tasks.

Once you are able to prove you can handle the extra workload, the benefits to your career (and your resume) are boundless

Learn to prioritise

In terms of coping with this newly inflated workload, it is paramount that you prioritise your tasks to manage your time effectively. Be strict with yourself during the day to complete the urgent tasks in your priority list to the things you can get away with letting slide for awhile. Set aside a bit of time everyday to make a “to-do” list for the next day.

Ask for help

If you’re unable to meet a deadline, try negotiating to obtain more time to perform your task well. It is better to do everything to the best of your ability than to do all things half heartedly. Do not be afraid to ask for help. If you feel you have been asked to deliver more than what is reasonable at any time, ask for assistance from colleagues or even your boss. Being overworked leads to poor work output, which does not benefit you or the company.

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