How do you communicate to your loving boss and awesome fellow employees that you really shouldn’t be given any extra responsibility?
You’ve tried everything else to cultivate an air of mediocrity such as:
You can now turn off your excellence though, and shine like the star you are!
I mean, how are you supposed to carve out a comfortable spot for yourself in the middle, when Karen from accounting keeps forgetting to pay everyone, and Greg from sales always leaves himself unmuted when he goes to the bathroom on conference calls?
You’ve won employee of the month three months running, and you’re trying not to do well so that someone else in the office can! (because you’re such a saint).
You need something that gets the message across more clearly.
You need it in writing.
You, my friend, need it on a mug!
This way, when you’re standing around in the break room in the morning, taking way longer than you should to make your morning coffee, everyone will be reminded that you are just an OK employee.
Not bad, not great, just OK.
Keep the World’s Okayest Employee Mug right on your desk, so that every time your boss drops by to give you some more work, he’ll remember that time that you “accidentally” color-coded all the files wrong. Maybe this task isn’t right for you. Maybe Greg should do it. Hell, when you inevitably get bored with this job and move on, or get “asked” to move on, take the World’s Okayest Employee Mug with you into the interviews. Level set right from day one. Really let them know that you’ll get the job done, and THAT’S IT.