When Being Too Fast and Efficient Goes Wrong
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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So you’re that employee who not only excels at the tasks they do, but you finish in record time. You’re on to the next deadline before the previous even came, and your peers and boss see you as the go-to person to get the job done in a jiffy.

You’re running the best race and you usually come out the winner. Well, sometimes, this isn’t a good thing. Writer Kelly Gurnett explores the efficiency trap, and how being too quick with the draw can be a major disadvantage. She writes:

At face value, this is a nice compliment to receive. But the way it was said perplexed me. Why were people so surprised? Were other workers taking much longer to do these tasks–and if so, did that mean I was missing some obvious step? The projects had seemed pretty straightforward to me. Did my bosses think I’d sped through the work to get it over with, probably making a ton of mistakes?

Would it look better if I worked slower?

Instead of being flattering, this reaction was extremely frustrating–like handing in a school project you spent all weekend perfecting, only to have your teacher say, “This looks a little too good, Jimmy. Are you sure your mom didn’t help with some of this?”

The longer I’ve been in the rat race, however, I’ve come to realize how to really parse the “That was fast!” reaction:

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.

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