Rocking All the Hats

Article by: Maya Beke

The thought of “wearing multiple hats” can be frightening to some, either when considering a new position, or when faced with taking on additional responsibilities at a current job. To others, it’s the only way that they’d prefer to work. For small businesses, this practice is almost all too common: Being versatile and able to fluidly transition between priorities is a skill that is increasingly sought after. There are many benefits to mastering said skill, which can be beneficial – not only to your company’s growth, but to your own professional growth, as well.

1. You Become A Master of Prioritizing
At first, wearing multiple hats can be overwhelming to the point of paralysis – you don’t know where to start, or even how to start. If you’re persistent, plan properly, and think every task through, taking care of multiple things at once will become like second nature. It is very possible to expand your personal bandwidth, much like the way you’d work out a muscle to make it stronger. It simply takes time, effort, and patience with yourself.

2. You Have An Opportunity to Learn Many Things
If you are in a position where your work consists of the same thing day-in and day-out, you might find yourself becoming mentally stagnant, which can lead to feelings of unfulfillment and an overall unhappiness with your work. Having the opportunity to transition to different focuses will significantly boost your concentration, as well as your overall engagement. You’ll also be in a great position to learn new things or participate in different trainings that you may have not had the chance to before.

3. You Work with Different-Minded People
When you’re working in different areas, you are apt to meet more people than if you were staying in one concentrated area. This can be a great way to be exposed to new perspectives that you may have not been able to see before. You’re challenged to see things at a different angle, which can contribute to strengthening your ability to solve complex problems – either for your company, or even for your customers/clients.

4. You Learn to Say No (Respectfully)
Saying no, especially to upper management, can be incredibly stressful. But what can be more stressful, is having too much on your plate, and putting your projects at risk. Even if you are highly skilled in multitasking, it is incredibly valuable to know your personal limits, and work with your management to come up with an execution plan that is more practical for you.

5. You’ll Learn How Much You’re Capable Of
Have you ever completed a project, and in hindsight thought, “Wow, that wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be!”? It is common for us to worry, even when we are completely capable of starting – and finishing – a project strongly. Keeping these moments in mind when you are tasked with a new project will help you feel more confident – not just in your abilities to multitask – but feel more confident in yourself.