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I feel like I can’t do anything efficiently. My in-charges/managers give me really simple tasks and it takes me 16+ hours to complete them. No one has made a comment but I feel SO SLOW. Any advice?

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Maybe the task should have taken 16 hrs? Also, why you working over break?

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I guess it depends on what is a simple task? If someone else does it in 12-14 hours and you do 16 then it’s just practice and experience. If someone else does in 2 hours and you do 16+, well, that is a problem. Can you give an example?

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Excel excel excel. This is the #1 piece of advice I give to new staff. If you’re not highly confident in your excel skills, then you’re right, it’s taking you too long to complete your assigned tasks.

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Do you ask or do they tell you how long it’s supposed to take? Maybe these are really tedious tasks that they know will take a long time. Or maybe they’re just cutting you some slack, knowing it can take time for new staff to get acclimated. Either way, I would ask them how to be more efficient on each task. How would they have done it or organized the work? It can slo to learn from their experience.

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Ask for some informal feedback on your performance. That should clear things up and possibly help you improve if improvements is needed.

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I’m a SM and you guys crack me up sometimes! It’s fine. Ask how long it should take. Managers and SM always think you should be able to do it faster. Do your best!

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Learning curve pains. You'll get efficient over the next 4 years...

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keep communicating is always the best advice. make sure to ask for a budget, when you’re a few hours into a project just let them know where you’re at, and if it gets to a point where you really think you’re exceeding the budget, ask ask ask! the worst case scenario is when someone comes back to you asking why something took so long. most of the time if you’re new, they’ve already taken that into consideration, but never hurts to over-communicate in my opinion

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What are you budgeted for?

You’re an associate, it’s not big of a deal

You’re new, don’t worry. It’ll come with experience. It’s been said above, but make sure to know what the budget is and communicate with your manager if you think it’ll take longer than expected

Thanks for the tips! I’ll definitely ask about the budget.

I always felt like I took too long or that I was inefficient but I never once got feedback that I was, so it might just be your perception.

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