The Bright Side of the Underutilized (Overcapable) Employee
By Michelle Malay Carter on November 18, 2009
This post is number two in a series of four.? The series titles and links are listed below.
- Possible Negative Manifest Behaviors of an Underutilized Employee
- Today’s Post – Possible Positive Manifest Behaviors of an Underutilized Employee
- Possible Negative Manifest Behaviors of an Over committed Employee (not yet cognitively capable of the work level required of the role)
- Possible Positive Manifest Behaviors of an Over committed Employee
Even when an underutilized employee is bringing benefits to your organization at a discounted price (you are paying for a lower level of work than?the capability they are bringing), this can be short lived, so?beware that this situation may be temporary.?
Read over the list and let me know if it holds true to your experience. Does it shed light on a current situation? Is this you?
Positive Behaviors a Manager Might Observe in an Under Utilized Employee
- Gets work done more quickly than peers and/or more quickly than you expect.
- Does the work you assign and adds to it.
- Does extra work you have not assigned. (Creates work.)
- Improves and expands upon current practices, policies, products, or services.
- Is in a different class than peers – Coaches and helps peers with their work. Is seen as a peer leader.
- Anticipates what you are going to say.
- Asks complex questions (that may stretch or stump you).
- Serves as your go-to employee.
I’m OK.? You’re OK.? Let’s fix the system.
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