Productivity

Interview Your Predecessor To Successfully Tackle New Assignments

Whether you’ve recently received a promotion or—given the economic climate—your employer has asked you to assume more responsibilities, chances are someone was doing the work before you. Smooth the transition to the added load by interviewing your predecessor.

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Harvard Business blogger Steven DeMaio outlines some ways to successfully assume new work duties. His suggestion: interview—don’t just talk to—your predecessor. As Steven writes, your predecessor is a key built-in resource for inquiring about your new-found responsibilities. By doing more than simply chatting about inane details, you can be more fully prepared to meet the demands of your job head on. Steven’s anecdotal account suggests that, if done properly, the main conversation should involve an hour of “very substantive talk”, along with a couple of shorter follow-ups. In situations where transitional training is not provided, make sure to seek out the person for yourself.

The full post also details other tips, like allotting your new responsibility its proper physical space. If you’ve had to take on a new project or responsibility, what methods helped you do the job well?

The Right Way to Take on A New Responsibility [Harvard Business Blog]


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