Missing From Your Job Description

from Seth’s Blog

If you’re working in an office, here are some of the checklist items that might have been omitted:

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20 Responses to Missing From Your Job Description

  1. Lucas Rodriguez April 27, 2018 at 3:56 pm #

    “Missing from your Job Description” illustrates a simple concept that has for the years sunken into a hollow bin of unused competence and unfocused ability, the necessary things that diversify our lives from one another. We continue to endeavor through the stories of our lives usually all in one sitting, not taking an extra moment to place a bookmark and evaluate- to try and recapture a different essence our abilities. When we finally obtain a Job in the Business world for example, such as a stock broker, we settle and eventually try and work our way to the top of the corporative hierarchy through the years as we work. We follow the common and steady method of Job progression because it is natural in our specific work- we can’t expect to jump from an intern to a CEO of an organization because it is truly unreasonable. There is nothing stopping us from becoming the next Jordan Belfort as there is certainly nothing stopping us from falling into our society expected normative chair of regularity. The only difference is one is certainly easier. I found this article interesting because it screams out certain common sense that after all may not be so common. It proffers the simple idea that we are easily replaceable and that we have the ability to fully utilize our years of tuition and ambitious mentalities, through this simple checklist. It’s rather elementary, if you want to truly be successful you must compete and bring innovation to the table. All of Google’s interns or employees do exactly this, seemingly checking off certain items from this checklist every hour. And because of this, Google brings many technological advances each and every day at work. A certain aspect that is more relatable and rather egregiously pernicious is the concept of the inevitable A.I. Dark Age. As Professor Shannon continues to elaborate during his lectures, many fields in the near future will be but a mechanical working hub where consumers will be prompted to interact with actual robots rather than human workers. The idea of machines taking over our job industries are actually becoming a reality, and although this may not be extremely prevalent within the article it an important concerns that relates to the route of this workplace checklist. We have already seen robots take over fast food jobs because it saves the company money in the long run and may prove to be a more productive and efficient method of service. Such Jobs can be seen as uniform and lacking the need for innovation, as you follow a certain shift leader’s orders and simply make food. That is why these jobs or so easily replaceable. Almost 90 percent of Jobs that we used to have available have been replaces by machines, a major influence included in areas such as Farming and Transportation. A study by McKinsey Global Institute has predicted that by the year 2030, almost 800 million jobs could be lost entirely. In the United States alone, a third of the workplace- around 60 million jobs- are actually automated. This number is projected to vastly grow, faster than we could pack our bags and move to a less industrial region in hopes to save our work; an eternal virus that seeks expansion indefinitely. This is why the list is so important. We must highlight ourselves in our area of work, communicate, and be innovative while forming creation through our creativity. Robots have followed a structure of thought through their programming (thankfully), but we have consciousness and imagination- an idea that often gets overlooked. By allowing ourselves to be ambitious and work to our full potentials we could rise out of this technological plague and place ourselves in the “irreplaceable” range. All it takes is a little effort through work ethic and the will to rise above the standards that have been placed amid your work category. But for individuals like me, I seem rather lucky, as acting is something that robots may never be able to do since it requires emotion, I hope.

  2. Adam Facella April 27, 2018 at 8:11 pm #

    Missing from your job description is something that is very important to all of us and I think that it is something that we should add into our life not only into our lives when we’re trying to get employed. Things like “Feed the plants” is something that no one is taught to do when they are hired for a job. This would add to a community in the workplace and would give someones job a little bit more happiness. Also something that is very interesting is “invent a moment of silliness”. With this it would take the seriousness of the workplace and would make lots of jobs more enjoyable. Most of the time we hear how little people like their jobs and a lot of this has to do with the amount of seriousness in the workplace. If there is a little bit of “silliness” in the workplace this would make the experience more enjoyable. Another thing is to “ask why”. This is something that we can all do even outside a workplace environment. Asking why something is the way it is will help enhance our overall knowledge of situation which can be used in the future. There are so many things in the list of things that are missing in our “job descriptions” and we should take into account.

  3. John Mundia April 27, 2018 at 8:39 pm #

    Missing from the job description is an accurate way on how to be social and entertaining in the stressful workforce. Most jobs around the country are very difficult and stressful for people. Taking breaks and being able to relax for a few minutes before and after the lunch break, is necessary. The tips that are given here by Seth are things that are silly and somewhat funny in nature. However, the tips still allow for productivity to stay high because they are not major distractions. If the tips cause disruptions to the workflow in an office, the tips would not accomplish their own goal. Which is simply to make the workplace more bearable for everyone in it. Some of the tips may come more naturally to others depending on the charismatic ability of each person. Some people may succeed at better at brightening the mood in the office, while others may succeed at making the office physically more vibrant. In my experience in the workforce, it is imperative that employees have time to smile and laugh, which makes going and surviving at work much easier. The more that employees have that the more productive, they can be in the long term because they will be more comfortable in a work setting.

  4. Alan Josefsek April 27, 2018 at 8:59 pm #

    One of the greatest attributes of an amazing employee is entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is defined as the process of designing, launching and running a new business, which is often initially a small business. The people who create these businesses are called entrepreneurs. In this day and age, employers from companies of all sizes are desperately in need of employees with an entrepreneurial mindset in order to promote out of the box thinking and solutions to increase company profits and missions. Entrepreneurial employees differ from independent entrepreneurs in the circumstances they face with their efforts. One obvious difference relates to whom these employees must call on for support. As persistent as they might be, their efforts rely heavily on the encouragement and assistance of the firm’s management. In addition, entrepreneurial employees may have access to the resources of the organization they work for, but they often have to compete with the needs of established businesses that already have customers and can produce predictable returns. In that respect, entrepreneurial employee activity can rightly be called a special type of entrepreneurship. The following excerpt was published in a guide for executive teams by The Executive Coach Group: recognize the impact entrepreneurial employee activity can have for the organization, but also for society, with respect to such dimensions as job creation and bringing innovative new products and services into being. Recognize that entrepreneurs exist in organizations and have options to go outside with their creative energy. Experiment with new structures and processes that can facilitate the development of their ideas inside; supplement this with managers experienced or trained in guiding and supporting this activity and with performance metrics that hold them accountable for doing so. This implies and makes a case for the potential impact entrepreneurship has on an established company regardless of whether or not the entrepreneur has any equity ownership. From my own personal experience at Seton Hall Career Fairs, I can attest to these statements. I have been offered five positions from high profile corporations in many different fields because of the corporations that I have started and their success. I highly recommend everybody looking to be even remotely successful to study entrepreneurship and its values. This doesn’t mean you have to start a whole company to learn, but then again, you may come to like being your own boss and controlling your time, money, and lifestyle.

  5. Tanner Purcel April 27, 2018 at 11:01 pm #

    The article “Missing from your job description” shows how one could look more valuable in the office. Sometimes the most important things aren’t work skills, but social skills. Being more involved in the workplace activities and bringing joy and energy to the workplace is very important. Many people talk about how they do not like their job. If someone can bring jy and energy to the workplace, it will make people enjoy their time at the office, which results in more motivation and more work being done. A good work place has a diverse group of people who know how to feed off of each other in order to get the most work done.

  6. Andrew Kuttin May 4, 2018 at 4:10 pm #

    My summer job back at home is at a local Mexicali restaurant. My title says food runner, and my job description can be summed up in about a few words. Plate the food that the kitchen makes, and bring it to the tables that ordered it. Quite obviously, my day to day responsibilities are made up of much more than just this simple task. In my three years working there I have taken orders, sprinted 5 blocks to a convenience store to buy tortillas, acted as a bouncer for rowdy customers, cleaned and sat tables, and even moved a dog house for my boss on my day off. Anything and everything can go wrong from day to day in a restaurant, and when the dishwasher stops working, everyone’s responsibilities change.
    This holds true for any job in any field. There are certain intangible responsibilities that employees hold that will never be listed in a job description or discussed in an interview. This blog post from Seth Godin lists just a few of these in the office scenario. The most interesting of which, are the responsibilities that have nothing to do with the job someone has been hired to perform.
    • Add energy to conversation
    • Ask Why
    • Feed The Plants
    • Start a Club
    • Tell a Joke
    • Smile A lot
    All of these contribute to creating a happy and healthy working environment, which is one of the things that doesn’t get enough attention in the contemporary workplace. If the only thing on management’s mind is to increase profit, human beings are not taken into account. Before the robots take over and humans are needed in some capacity to make a business run, employers need to find the best people to keep moral high. I have worked plenty busy Saturday nights over the summer where the temperature has surpassed 100 degrees and all anyone wants to do is go home. If no one puts on a smile and starts to crack jokes in the kitchen, the quality of service will decline and the business will suffer. Intangibles are incredible important to the day to day operations of a business and although they won’t be listed in a job description, every prospective employee should take them into account.

  7. Frank Mabalatan May 4, 2018 at 8:51 pm #

    As a society which is only now emerging from its Industrial Age mentality, workers in America are left in this culture of expendability, where at any moment, if they were not able to perform their duty, someone who could perform the job just as well would easily replace them. As mentioned in class, as well as a valuable lesson for anyone, the American education system has conditioned students in a way that has handicapped them from expanding their horizons and forces them to view themselves as replaceable parts to a corporate machine. Now in a day and age in which success in one’s career is dependent on the uniqueness and specialization of the worker, one must do all that he can to pique the interest of prospective employers. An often overlooked aspect of a prospective worker is their personality, a part of themselves which dictates how they conduct themselves around the workplace and in their person-to-person interactions. Employers have seen a pattern in what they do not like in workers and prospective workers, therefore, it is always to one’s benefit to branch out and present the parts of themselves that are unlike anything else had displayed before.
    The list on Seth’s blog is a collection of subtle, seemingly irrelevant and unimportant things, but the items on the list provide a human feel to one’s job description, meaning that there is no way one can be replaced by, quite literally, a robot. More than the Industrial Age, workers are becoming more expendable when artificial intelligence can do their jobs just as well, if not better, and rendering human workers obsolete. To cement one’s job firmly in their possession, they must show that they are irreplaceable and to include a baseball metaphor, have a high WAR, to prove that anyone else could not do what they can do.

  8. Mary Margaret Miller May 4, 2018 at 9:02 pm #

    Our job descriptions entail more than what we bargain for, but in the end, they are all tasks that need to be fulfilled at the end of the day by someone- such as watering the plants or making sure that the cooler in the office is full of enough water. Most of all, we fail to see the other daily jobs we must be responsible for as we work on a day-to-day basis.
    The best way to be productive at work is to make lists about what you need to be accomplished. As mentioned in the bulleted list, we must let our needs override our wants, and instead of focusing on the least important things on our list, we should focused on which things have the nearest deadlines in order to get them done. Productivity is most efficient when it is properly allocated, which is why we must seek out the best opportunities to achieve total efficiency.
    To spread a positive vibe around the office, the best thing one could do is put their best foot forward and show their kindness towards everyone. Kindness is infectious and can go a long way when it all starts with you. This trait is something that will spread like a wildfire, and the best way to promote a less stressful environment is to recognize everyone’s wants and needs and taking the extra step to be there for your coworkers when they need someone to depend on. In the world we live in currently, we fail to read outside of the lines and to understand others’ emotions. Being aware of other individuals is an incredibly significant role in society, however not many of us do it currently. We are guilty of becoming too caught up in our own troubles and we fail to recognize issues that plague other people. Therefore we must recognize a situation and address it while it is still arising.
    Lastly, following this quirky list will not only improve your environment at work, but will also improve your everyday life. We fail to recognize things outside of ourselves, and if anything the best way to combat this conflict is to notice the different tasks at hand and what can be done to fulfill them.

  9. Matthew Martin June 15, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

    “Missing from your job description” details creative ways to adjust and improve your work environment. When it comes to work, often your social skills become just as if not more important than your work skills. Someone who may be very talented and efficient as a worker, may lack or struggle to obtain the necessary social skills. This article is for those types of people, outlying several things one can do to increase their sociable activities at work. This also helps alleviate some of the stress and pressure from a normal work environment. Often times, there becomes a buildup of stress or frustration leading to a decline in productive output. Doing things like telling jokes, smiling a lot, and even sparking conversation can improve moral, and ultimately lead to increased productivity. Lastly, following this list can help one stand out at work more than others, actively pursuing a better work environment.

  10. Yash Wagle September 14, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

    “Missing From Your Job Description” is an interesting article in that it shows what every employee must do their part in creating a positive work environment. Although many of the things written in the article might seem small by more and more people trying approach work in this way may promote better efficiency and production. Overall by following the advice in the article it may help workers become more resourceful, self-motivated, as well as team players.
    One of the biggest things a company needs in a potential employee is the ability to be resourceful. For example whenever a co-worker gets a difficulty in doing some task instead of letting them do it by themselves, or waiting for that co-worker to ask for your help, you should be ready to help even before he or she asks. This is a very important because it establishes a sense of good will between the employees that not only helps fix problems easier but also helps promote teamwork and a positive work environment. Also important to being resourceful is constantly trying to learn more of your job through on the job experience in order to become a more productive employee. By helping others as well as learning more skills on the job an employee is able to show
    Another important thing for a potential employee is to be self-motivated. In the article it talks about how employees must “feed the plants”, “organize the bookshelf”, “start a club”. All these things seem small and individually they probably are. But in order to be a good employee it is important for you to be inventive. If there is some off-time at work where there is not anything being done it is better to do something that is productive to the workplace than simply spending time texting on your phone or on social media. Employers want people who are motivated not only rise the ranks but also make the workplace environment better.
    The third and perhaps most important thing a potential employee must have is the ability to be a team player. In the article it rights for people to “add energy to a conversation”, “highlight good work from your peers”, and “find other great employees to join the team” all of these are important skills in order to generate teamwork and trust to be a productive group. In the NBA the two time reigning champion Draymond Green of the Golden State Warrior’s is a perfect example of a team player. He may not be the team’s best player but he is vocal leader of the team, and is understood to be the “Glue guy” (meaning that he helps the team stick together and balance out the roles). He holds his teammates accountable, but is also supportive whenever they play bad or well. Although this is sports team and not a business the same qualities in individual apply, just like every team needs its “glue guy” every company needs its “glue guy”.
    By reading this article it gives me more of an understanding of how to approach work in the future, and I hope to incorporate doing all of these things myself.

  11. Justin T. September 19, 2018 at 5:02 pm #

    Bosses today are looking for any which way to get the most out of their employees, whether they’re saying that to them or not. It’s these simple little tasks that are mentioned in “Missing from your job description” that it seems today might just be things you’re expected of going into a job. Coming off a summer working my first real internship in a corporate office it was very easy for me to relate to this small article as I really didn’t know what to expect. Being handed a job description with about seven to eight tasks that I would be working on all summer, I feel like some of the things mentioned in this article had a lot more of an impact than the tasks I was asked to do. Things such as “treat customers better than they expect” and “off a co-worker your help before they ask”. I felt like these were two things I continually found myself doing each and every day. I was never trained how to treat the customers that I was speaking with on the phone each day, and I always felt the need to pick up a co-worker when they were slammed. Ultimately, I felt like I had to teach myself to do these things, but also felt they were expected.

    Ultimately the impact that these little things can have on a company can be the reason why a workplace culture is thriving and not dying. “Smiling a lot”, “Highlighting good work from your peers”, and ” bringing new energy to a conversation”, these are the things that managers love to see because it brings a new positive outlook each day. I felt very connected to this article because as I would go down the list I could just picture myself doing these tasks every single day and thinking about the impact that it would have on my department. Yes, these things may not be on a job description and they definitely weren’t on mine, but it’s these things that I will take from job to job that I feel will have a greater impact within the department I am working in.

  12. Daryna Chumak September 21, 2018 at 10:49 pm #

    The article “Missing from Your Job Description” brings up an interesting point that simply doing your job isn’t good enough anymore. In today’s work environment, it is almost expected of individuals to go above and beyond their designated roles. Depending on the culture of the company, you could be expected to be a leader, a team player, an innovator, a trainer, a comedian, or even all of those roles at once while in your job role. Today, many organizations consider work environment of the past selfish and as a result put a large emphasis on being a happy and fun yet productive and innovative work environment. Each company has a different idea of what that environment looks like but each one of the companies refers to it as their culture. Culture has become such an important topic that companies add it to their brand, and promote and recruit based on the fit of candidates into their culture.

    This article gives an insight into understanding what makes up culture. Culture is what you are expected to do beyond your job description to contribute to creating the perfect, supportive, fun, curious, innovative, productive and efficient work environment. It’s that “What did you do extra?” part of your midterm review with your boss. My first internship was seven months long at a worldwide corporate giant. Since this was my first real job and internship I was extremely worried about completing all of my given tasks correctly and in a timely manner. However, what I quickly learned was that while my work was a highly important and a large aspect of my responsibilities, it was not fully the deciding factor of my success at the end of my internship. My manager expected me to think of new ways to help the team, make procedures more efficient, help plan and participate in our department’s events and join various organizations. One of the roles I took on that was not part of my job was President of the Intern and Co-Op Association. For six months I organized weekly board meetings and weekly special topic meeting and with speakers for all of the members. This did not serve as an excuse to put off work, instead I had to work harder to not let my team down, while still finding time for that “extra” part that I was involved in. Being in this position, I provided other interns with the opportunity to learn about various segments of the company and provide networking opportunities between interns and employees of all levels.

    At the end of the day what this article points out is that anyone can do what the job description says, so employers and coworkers want to see what value will you add to the team. Companies want their employees show their leadership and team player qualities which will hopefully result in increased productivity and a pleasant work environment.

  13. Tirzah K. October 4, 2018 at 10:43 am #

    “Missing from Your job Description” really speaks volumes about all of the little things that people contribute to the office environment but these things are never a part of any one person’s job description. One major example is that It is common sense that exceptional customer service should be given; but, that can be hard to do if the customer is being rude and ornery. That really affects the line of communication and makes the interaction more of a nightmare for the associate. But that associate must be able to bring the interaction with the customer or client to an amicable close so that the customer can still feel satisfied.

    Most offices have a plant here and there; but, the boss isn’t going to assign watering & feeding duty to anyone. Someone must take the initiative when they see a need. Offices are usually very diverse and everyone comes to work with different talents that add to the atmosphere. Someone may have a green thumb and in addition to watering the plants, may decide to bring plant food in to help nurture the plant. The benefit of having a plant in the office is to beautify a dull space and contribute to clean air.

    Many people look for advancement opportunities once they’re able to get their foot in the door. So, of course, a person should always seek to educate themselves further in their jobs so that when an opportunity arises, they can stand out and ultimately be promoted to a higher level. With that, comes helping your coworkers. Being able to be known as a person that is skilled enough to teach others is a step in the right direction towards keeping the office running smoothly and having a star next to your name.

  14. Jessica Forsthoffer October 4, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

    In the article, “Missing from your job description”, there is simply a list of tasks that people do daily at their jobs that were not explicitly outlined in their job description when they applied and accepted the job. This article is interesting because it makes note of many little tasks that are overlooked but necessary at a job. The articles tone makes it seem like these are things employees are expected to do in addition to their everyday work without being asked. It has a negative connotation to it, I feel. However, reading this list and thinking about my job and what I do on a daily basis, these items are necessary to make a work environment positive and enjoyable to be in. If we all just operated like robots, showing up to work at 9am, leaving at 5pm, accomplishing our daily tasks and nothing more, what would we really be accomplishing in the end? In order to have a wholesome and enriching experience at a job (which everyone should be experiencing), we need to be constantly working to improve everything around us. Work relationships, our work environment, quality of work, etc. It might not seem like the most important thing to feed the plants or become more organized, but every little thing has an impact on someone around you, whether it be you or not that depends. It is important to at least try to go above and beyond for your company, to show your worth and quality to them by attempting to cut costs, or be helpful to coworkers, to just make a change of some sort. Companies make investments in their employees because they believe they have worth and can contribute something great to their organization, hopefully to make a great improvement.
    Each employee should have a desire to improve themselves and achieve more than they set out to, and to do this there are seemingly miniscule tasks such as the ones on this list which must be done. I don’t believe it is good to become comfortable in a position, humans are naturally inquisitive and want to learn more, so in the workplace they should take initiative and ask questions, learn more through training or merely talking to a coworker in a different department. Collaboration and networking can only help in the long run, and offering a few minutes of your time to help them a few times, could make an impact on them and could lead to other opportunities in the future.
    As stated at the end of this list of tasks, it is easy to outsource work to cheap labor or even a robot, and I believe that statement made the most impact in this article. Each of these tasks are things we as humans should naturally want to do or just subconsciously do every day. It is important to remember that our humanity and genuity are what keeps us in the workforce rather than just robots.

  15. John Skalski October 5, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

    I could not agree with this blog post anymore then I currently do. It lists a checklist of everything that a company expects people to do but most likely have not put it in the job description. The first item is already a big one as it says one needs to add energy to every conversation. Imagine having a conversation with someone but without any energy, it would be like we were just talking to talk and not enjoy each other’s presence. If you were to go on an important business meeting and talk with some of the big time executives that were there with the company and you provided no energy and just sounded dull in the conversation then you would make the company look terrible. Not only does adding energy to a conversation look like you are interested in it but it also provides a spark and keeps the conversation going longer and stronger.
    Another item that was on the list that is not usually on a job description that struck me was leave things more organized than you found them. I have personally always been taught to leave a place cleaner then when I walked in. Anytime that you are in work you should always do your best to keep your area cleaner then when you walked in that day. Not only does a messy area show that you are possibly a little gross, it also shows that you have no care in what you do. Making a place look clean goes a long way. For example, just the other week Army West Point and Oklahoma University played each other in football. It was a hard fought game that found Army losing a tough one in overtime. Instead of just leaving and cleaning the place a little, Army went above and beyond and left the place cleaner then what Oklahoma had it at for them when they showed up. Oklahoma was so impressed that they made sure to let the world know what Army did by posting it on social media everywhere. Now think about it from the other perspective, what if Army left the place a mess because they lost and just did not feel like cleaning up. Oklahoma could have posted about it once again and let everyone know that Army likes to keep things messy. If this happened then maybe teams would not be so inclined to play Army as much over something so little as this. Who knows if it would have went this far, but it still goes to show that little things like having energy in a conversation and keeping a place cleaner then how you found it can go a long way and really show the type of person that you are.

  16. Cassandra Sibilski October 5, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

    When you apply for any job, there is always a job description that comes along with a list of your expected day to day duties you will be performing on the job. For most jobs, I would say that only a couple of things are really listed there, but really there are a whole lot of other things you’ll be expected to be doing on a day to day or week to week basis that is not in your job description. This brief blog outlines some example ones for someone that might be working in an office type setting, but really, a list like this one could be made up for almost every job out there. Now many of these additional things one is expected to do while at work are actual physical things to do, and then some of them fall more on the social level. For instance, having a smile on your face, and keeping up a good mood while dealing with hundreds of customers during a weekend while working a cash register, is not a physical task, but is something one has to do in order be successful at work and keep up a healthy work environment. Another example is the boatload of extra hours of work that teachers put in at home after hours, grading and doing paperwork, it’s not technically “required” to be working at home, but in order to keep up with everything, most teachers need to spend a lot of time working at home as well. I personally found this list of extra expected work tasks not on a job description to be amusing and also very true. I hear about and see all of the extra things that go into my parents jobs, my mom is a teacher, and my dad works in an office, and I see various extra things I have to do as well working as a cashier. While all of these extra things that come with every job one could do, may not technically be on one’s job description, they are a necessity to be able to keep the work environment running properly.

  17. Paul Lee October 5, 2018 at 7:38 pm #

    As young college business students strive to refine oneself to be efficient and well qualified for the job market. We tend to put stress and pressure on oneself. However, we also tend to forget the little details that can make us shine in the work area. Seth has a few tips that people tend to forget which is information on how to organized and relaxed within the office. It creates a nice, productive, and well-coordinated workflow. It is the ideal work behavior that every employee and employer strives for and it is something that I would like to learn and attain for myself.
    Seth have very helpful tips such as offer to help co-workers before they ask, this idea I had never thought about. When I read this, I knew it was something that should always be done. You need to take the initiative to help your co-worker before they ask you, they can depend on you. You can create trusts between your co-workers in the office, it drastically increases the workplace and productivity. It also makes work relaxing and less stressful as you can converse with others about work and your stress. Being helpful and taking the first initiative shows a great characteristic in an employee that many tend to overlook. I really appreciate this tip because one’s action can speak louder than words. Helping people before they say anything will result in happiness and trust.
    Seth also gives points on how to make the workplace relaxing for each other. For example, tell a joke at no one’s expense. Telling jokes improves happiness in the work area, it relieves stress and eases the mind. The office can be one of the most stressful areas that can cause a lot of unhappiness and health issues. That is why cracking a joke will elevate all that burden and stress. It will surely improve productivity and make the office a very relaxed. It will create an easy work flow that many employees should strive for as it is very helpful.
    Many offices are very serious and do not take jokes and other small details seriously. I believe if they neglect such tips from Seth, they are impeding productive behavior from the employees. It will delay their productivity and will destroy their behavior. More employees should consider their employees well being and happiness in the work area because if they can improve such behavior then they can drastically enhance work efficiency.
    I encourage more of my peers and many employers to read Seth’s blog on helpful tips that are often overlooked or disregarded as useless in the work environment. It will improve one’s work behavior and production. This blog has taught me little can go a long way when creating efficiency and a relaxed workplace.

  18. Halli Schwartz October 12, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

    In the article, “Missing from your job description,” from Seth’s Blog, the author explains that in any occupation, you will need to complete tasks that are not directly written in your job description, to keep this aforementioned job. These tasks may seem out of the ordinary, but are somewhat crucial in keeping a god image of yourself, and allowing the company to prosper. The blog states, “Now that it’s easier than ever to outsource a job to someone cheaper (or a robot) there needs to be a really good reason for someone to be in the office” (Godin 22). If one does not make themselves unique, and bring something else to the table then their preset tasks, then they may lose their jobs, as the job market is an intense, fast paced, and ever changing market. There are dozens of others who can complete the job tasks that you have to do, but this article questions what else can you bring to the table, to make yourself stand out. I currently work at a fast casual restaurant as a line cook. My job description says that I make food and serve it to customers. However, whenever I am working, there are so many other tasks that I accomplish. I make sure everything is clean and well stocked. I always make an effort to ask a customer about their day, to put a smile on their faces. I even have helped my fellow employees talk through personal situations when they were having a rough day. Not only does doing things that are not on your job description make you a more valued employee, but it also helps you build relationships in the workplace, and gives you pride when you leave at the end of the day. I have worked at my current company for a year, and am quite aware that my managers are aware of the extra things I do for the company. Due to this, I see myself getting more opportunities in the workplace, and moving higher up in the ranks of the company. I recently discussed with my manager the possibility of becoming a trainer, and I am getting many more hours than I did when I only followed my preset job description. If I can complete tasks off of my job description in a small business, I cannot wait to see the possibilities of change when I eventually acquire a more permanent occupation. My goal in life is to do the best that I can in anything I pursue, but also to build constant relationships and form connections, in order to become the best that I can. I truly believe that the best way to do this is to do things that are not expected of you, but will help your fellow employees and the company as a whole. In other words, not only will completing the aforementioned tasks allow you to keep your current job, but it will also allow you to build relationships, and help the company as a whole. This article was extremely pertinent to today’s job market, and I will try to utilize some of the ideas mentioned in my own workplace.

  19. Taylor Mennie October 16, 2018 at 4:43 pm #

    Job analysis examines the tasks and sequences of tasks necessary to perform the job and considers the areas of knowledge and skills needed for the job. According to Hall, the job description might be broadened to form a person specification or may be known as “terms of reference”. The person/job specification can be presented as a stand-alone document, but in practice, it is usually included within the job description. A job description is often used by employers in the recruitment process (Wikipedia, 2009). Job analysis does not include the actual job description of day-to-day relations with co-workers, clients, bosses, or family life in order to live a professional lifestyle.
    The missing parts that Seth’s blog listed are actually key items to have a sustainable employee that is missed from a robot than a human. Outsourcing a job is much cheaper since a computer can do certain things all at once, but emotional intelligence is non-existent from a robot.
    Furthermore, a person needs to market themselves as a unique individual with complying with Seth’s checklist. Some of these items are high motivators in an office which is to why recruiters make the applying process part quite difficult since they are looking for a unique individual(s). Innovation is what really caught my attention since there are items like as, the organization of papers/bookshelves, inventing new products/services, finding obsolete things to remove, and adding energy to a conversation. Robots cannot do this since they are task-oriented machines. Also, emotional connections is another broad items that were intriguing since dealing with customers is the main point of many organizations. Which is to why customer service is all about treating customers better than they expect. To have a higher customer retention. To conclude, all of these small items make up a huge part of a job that is outside of the job description. Every employer is looking out for the best of best employees out there to make a difference within one’s business. It is important to fully gather every item on Seth’s blog and incorporate into day-to-day business and life as a whole.

  20. Alexa Shello October 18, 2018 at 10:50 am #

    I found the article Missing From Your Job Description to be humorous, uplifting, and completely relatable. My sophomore year of college I was lucky enough to get a job part-time at a local insurance company (whom I will not name) and although I am very grateful for the job, and still work there today, this desk job in which I sit at a cubicle for hours on end is simply not the life I envisioned for myself. While I know that I will not be stuck with the job for the rest of my life, unless I choose to be, I try to make it a positive experience for me to go to work everyday because the opportunity this job has provided me has been tremendous and I plan to work there until I find full-time employment after I graduate.
    While I was reading this article I noticed a few points that I acknowledge I do at work currently in order to make my time there more enjoyable, and there are a few points I think would be helpful for me to start implementing. I always try to add energy to conversations, encourage curiosity, and smile. Although my job takes place entirely on the phone and computer, a smile on your face translates to a happy and energetic voice that customers can hear on the other end of the line. This creates not only a positive customer experience, but it sets the tone for my down on the phone, in the workplace, and when I go home. I do my best to treat customers better than they expect, trying to go above and beyond for them and when a person calls asking informed questions, patience, and understanding, representatives like me are willing to go the extra miles to help them out.
    Some things I think I can improve on at work in order to create a more positive work environment is to spent more time acknowledging good work from my peers, and getting better at my job through requesting more training. Since I only work part-time, the limited hours makes it more difficult to get in a rhythm of correct ways to handle conversations and limits the knowledge you have on calls that you don’t get very often. Requesting more training will not only look good to my boss, but I think it will benefit the company and myself.
    Being a customer service representative is much more than listening to complaint calls, the list of things “missing from your job description,” says a lot about the person and worker that you are. I will definitely be implementing some of the items into my workday routine and continue to do some of the items already.

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