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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12 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.

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