John Borrowman, CPC
Borrowman Baker LLC
One outcome of the times we’re in is that practices get stretched thin. BV folks like you are putting in more time than ever before. As always, the smart professional sees an opportunity.
This can be a good time to polish your image. Step up your game when it comes to looking for ways to get a little more done with the same resources. That’s what your boss has to do.
Maybe there’s a change you’ve been thinking about. Something that you think would improve productivity, but you’ve not seen the right time to introduce it. Have you raised it with any co-workers? They’re a good place to start, since the chances are it will impact them?
Have you asked, in an off-handed way, whether anything like such-and-such has been tried? That’s a good way to avoid making a suggestion that’s ‘been-there, done-that’.
If your suggestion has broad enough impact, it might require a conversation with top management. If so, ask for a sit-down to present your idea. Resist the urge to try to explain while passing in the hall.
Don’t wait to bring solutions to your boss. The person who identifies the problem does get some credit. But, the person who identifies the solution usually gets the bonus.