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PREVENTING JOB BURNOUT: Transforming Wor... > TAILORING THE JOB: THE FIFTH PATH TO... - Pg. 76

76 TAILORING THE JOB: THE FIFTH PATH TO PERSONAL POWER A Job That Does Not Fit Will Decrease Your Motivation Virtually every job has some leeway to tailor it to the person doing the work. Often routines of the job are shaped more by the last person doing it than by the actual task. People forget that jobs are shapeable. Instead, they implement the job in the same style as the last person. When that style doesn't fit, it is like trying to squeeze a round peg into a square hole. Tailor the job to fit you instead. In the process you will increase your personal power because you will feel in command of your work and you will probably do a better job. Think of this: You were not hired to do a job, but to solve a problem! For example, a person is not hired to file papers, but to solve a paper organization problem. What is the major problem you were hired to solve in your current job? Your purpose is to solve the problem you were hired to solve. One way to identify the problem is to imagine what would happen if no one were dealing with it. That