Ask Why

18 Feb Ask Why

If you see an inefficiency, ask why. If you see an outdated process that continues to be pursued, ask why. If you see an opportunity for improvement that is being bypassed, ask why.

Become known as an innovator, an evaluator, and a contributor.  Evaluating alone can put you in the category of the avoided critic, but offering solutions that make work and life better could earn you respect and financial rewards.

If you see too many manual touches in any process, it can probably be improved with technology.  Why make ten phone calls trying to check references when you can enter an email and have the process applicant driven with a written report in your inbox the next day?  If you’re working with multiple spreadsheets and creating more work-arounds to get your data, search for better systems to streamline the process and accomplish your goals.  Slick and snazzy software systems are popping up regularly to make our jobs easier.

If your meetings are bloated with attendees that aren’t contributing, consider trimming the invite list.  Those not invited will probably thank you and accomplish more during their day.

Never stop asking why.  You were hired for  your brains, so share your ideas.  Your unique experience may have given you a view that entrenched managers might not see.


Scott Mastley, SPHR, MBA, is the Vice President of Human Resources for Resource Alliance.
Scott is a consultant, not an attorney, so he shares his opinions, not legal advice, about increasing performance and limiting liability.