Welcome, Ninjas! It is I, Susy St. Ninja. Okay, so I’m hardly a saint ?? but I am OfficeNinjas’ in-house advisor extraordinaire. You can write in…
I knew from day one that I didn’t have to worry about approval for every little decision I made—that he was trusting me to do my job. It was extremely motivating and enlightening.In fact, that sage advice was so inspiring that Lauren now carries it with her when approaching every single day at work. Of course, we had some questions about taking that kind of control over her position, and her advice didn’t disappoint. Check out the tips she had to offer and prepare to adopt a brand new outlook of your own.
As Office Ninjas, we often have many people to please—including our managers, our peers, and visiting guests. We are constantly receiving requests on the fly and we must think on our feet.It’s natural to crave success in your role (as impossible as it might seem to keep everybody happy at times), but obsessing constantly about what your boss wants—before ever taking the time to consider what you think is the right thing to do—can be both exhausting and counterproductive. Remember, you were chosen to fill this position for a very specific reason: You can do an amazing job with it. Don’t be afraid to listen to yourself and trust your own judgment. As Lauren says, “Making autonomous decisions—that you know you can stand behind—can lead to recognition, pride, and less stress.”
We are ‘yes people’ by trade. Though sometimes we get annoyed by crazy requests, we all started this line of work because we want to help others.And Lauren’s right, you dedicate yourself to helping other people free up their time and energy. Who does that for you? Despite the fact that you make your living assisting others, it’s still important to delegate. If you look at your position as its own business, it becomes all too clear that you can’t do everything yourself. Surround yourself with a solid network and delegate when it’s appropriate—including empowering staff to do things on their own.
You were not hired to do it all. You were hired to help—and there are many ways to do that without taking it all on your shoulders.
If you think of it in terms of running your own business, you need the requests from your clients (staff) to be able to do business. You have a service to provide. If they stop coming to you because they aren’t satisfied with the outcome, then your business is failing.Of course, you won’t be able to offer an enthusiastic ‘yes’ to everything. But entering into each conversation with this mindset will help you feel more valued, improve your collaboration, and ultimately help you reach a better solution. The concept of treating your position as if it’s a standalone business can seem strange at first, but as Lauren proves, it can also boost your overall approach and outlook. Give these tips a try, and you’re bound to transform life inside your 9-to-5. Which of these tips do you think would most help you treat your job like it's your own business? Let us know in the comments!