On not checking out

Donna Feddern —  May 10, 2013 — 3 Comments

laptopgirlFeaturePlanetSenioritis (noun)
As defined by Wikipedia: a colloquial term used in the United States and Canada to describe the decreased motivation toward studies displayed by students who are nearing the end of their high school, college and graduate school careers.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senioritis

Remember those last days of school when you all you could think about where the new adventures life had in store for you? Well, it happens again in life when you have accepted a new, exciting position or are about to enter relaxing world of retirement. We’ve all seen our colleagues check out during these times and may even have been guilty of it ourselves. Most coworkers are willing to cut you a bit of slack for tuning out a bit more or being less motivated. However, your lack of productivity does hurt your team and even the community you are serving. So here are some tips for keeping yourself focused on the present even when your fantastic future is just weeks away!

  • Pass it on
    You probably know things about your job that no one else in your organization knows. Now is the time to figure out who will be taking over you job duties. If someone outside the organization will be replacing you, try to write everything down and organize all your files (digital and hard copy). If someone inside the organization will be taking over your duties, now is the time to do some training. You did a fabulous job, right? Why let all your knowledge, planning, and organization go to waste?
  • Remember that people are still counting on you
    If you’re at work, you should be doing work. Now is not the time to start new projects that will eventually be dumped on someone else’s already full plate but you need to keep up with your other responsibilities so as not to add more work to the person who is taking over your duties. Remember you are still a valuable member of the organization and that people need you. Granted, this will be easier if you have been a respected member of staff and work with a productive team.
  • Stay professional
    Even if this is a bad breakup and you cannot wait to leave your dysfunctional organization, you need to be the bigger person and remain professional. You’ve heard it a million times – don’t burn any bridges. This is especially true in the library world since it is so very small and there is always someone who knows someone who may eventually tell the story about how you acted badly during your last days at your most hated job.

Donna Feddern

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Donna is the manager of two library branches for the Timberland Regional Library system in Washington State. Prior to that, she worked at the Escondido Public Library for 10 years, working in multiple positions from Automation Systems Librarian to Senior Librarian of Teen and Media Services, and finally Digital Services Manager. Her projects included a major website redesign and the LibraryYOU project. Donna has also worked on reference desks for the Free Library of Philadelphia, the King County Library System, and the Seattle Public Library and as a trainer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation traveling to libraries in Oklahoma and New Mexico to provide computer training to library staff. Donna’s professional interests include management, staff development, library security, design thinking, and online marketing.

3 responses to On not checking out

  1. 

    This makes a lovely bookend to R. David Lankes post for new graduates http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/?p=3127. All wise words to be taken to heart.

  2. 

    Thanks for the link to the R. David Lankes post. I encourage managers to read it and to play their parts by hiring new grads, listening to them, and providing them with the power to change your organization. I have hired several new grads and they have been incredible librarians who have made positive changes in our organization and been highly respected by the rest of the staff.

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