From time-to-time, managers ask subordinates to perform tasks beneficial to the company that do not directly contribution to the individual’s goal achievement. These managers often promise to deliver some benefit to the employee as compensation for the adverse impact of these activities. As a ‘team player,’ the professional may feel compelled to accept the boss’s offer and perform these tasks. When doing so, however, it is important for the professional to eliminate the risk of not receiving the promised benefits once the work is completed.
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