/ Asked by Jisoo
I recently started my first full time job. My position isn't really project based and my manager assigns a set amount of emails to each person of the dept everyday. I've been feeling very awkward because lately I'm the first to leave when 6 o'clock hits. I finish all my work before leaving, but I always seem to be the 1st. People from other departments leave at 6pm. Maybe I'm assigned less work since I'm new? Any advice?
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Congratulations on the new job! I think it's fair that you're concerned about being the first team member to leave every day because you don't want to look like you're doing less work than everyone else. I would encourage you to have a conversation with your manager if this consistently occurs. Let your manager know that you have noticed that you're always the first to leave and want to ensure you are carrying a fair workload. Let him/her know that you are ready and willing to take on additional work. Be sure to let your manager know exactly how much additional capacity you have so he/she knows the amount of additional work you can take on. I think your manager will appreciate this conversation and that you are doing so well completing the work you are given. This would also be a good opportunity to ask your manager if it's acceptable for you to leave at 6pm if you complete all of your work. As with most companies, I am sure there is plenty of work to complete and your manager would welcome the opportunity for you to take on more work.
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Friday, January 22, 2016
It sounds like you are a very conscientious worker in the fact that you are getting all of your work done in a timely manner, but still noticing that others are still working. There are a couple of scenarios that could be happening here and you named one of them. You may be getting less work because you are new and your manager wants to make sure that you understand the role before he/she puts additional responsibilities on your plate. Another option may be that you picked up the work very quickly and are a high performer and able to get through it faster than others. In either situation, I would recommend setting up a meeting with your manager to discuss your ability to handle additional responsibility, as well as to ensure that you are meeting his/her expectations with regard to your current role. I'm sure your manager would be impressed that you took the initiative to have the conversation with him/her and that you are interested in taking on more work. It is always impressive when a new employee acts in a professional manner by communicating in a thoughtful way to his/her manager. Good luck!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Friday, January 29, 2016
You are incredibly lucky!  Know why?  You are learning one of the most important lessons about...well frankly, LIFE!  You have to communicate, maintain a dialog, keep people in the know, ask questions...and any other way of saying TALK!  The other key is learning the timing of having the critical conversations.  Take the temperature of the room so you know when the right time to talk about work loads, expectations etc. rolls around. 

Do I think the new person isn't assigned as much to do because they are new.  Yes!  Do I think that you need to have a conversation with you your boss.  Based on the little bit of information I have, Yes to that to! 

Your boss isn't the only person you can talk to about the work and the timing.  Talk to your peers as well.  Maybe there is a reason that you are getting things done before they are.  Is it possible there are additional steps you could be taking to do the job even better than you are now?

Go be awesome!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, March 16, 2016
A lot of new hires are faced with the same dilemma! Some days you will have slow days and feel as if you have nothing to do and other days you are swamped. Since this is your first job, it is a learning curve to handle the swings in workload. I would agree your manager may have assigned you a lighter load until they know you can handle an increase.
Depending on your relationship with your manager, I suggest asking about your workload and the culture of the department you are working in. During this conversation, make sure you cover the quality of work that should be produced and the amount of additional work that you can take on to still produce the quality of work needed to be successful. Being conscientious is a great skill to have since you understand the effects of leaving earlier than your peers in your department.
Also, you could use your additional time to your advantage and see what others are doing in your department and learn about their job if it differs from yours. As well, you could offer help to others who may have a heavier workload or work at a slower pace than you. Offering help may give you insight as to why you finish before others on your team and learn about any additional steps you may have missed that can help you increase the quality of work you are producing. Congrats on your new job and keep up the good work!
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