what's your problem?

My job is too easy, and I don't know what to do about it. My role was created when I joined this charity two years ago and my manager obviously didn't correctly guess how much time my responsibilities would consume.

by Jeremy Bullmore
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

I'm bored now and feel guilty because my colleagues are overworked, but I feel as though I've left it too long now to raise the matter for fear of being viewed as a slacker. I get paid quite well and I'm happy working for a good cause, so I don't really want to leave.

A: I have a feeling that this could be a surprisingly common problem but one that only a few people are prepared to face up to openly.

By doing so, you could be halfway towards solving it.

If your charity is like the majority of businesses, there will be tasks that everyone knows should be being done; but because they aren't life-and-death things, they get shelved, postponed, put on the back burner, forgotten. I suggest you identify a couple and volunteer to take them on; with no increase in salary, naturally. That should relieve both your boredom and your guilt.

- Jeremy Bullmore has been creative director and chairman of J Walter Thompson London and a non-executive director of both the Guardian Media Group and WPP. Address your problems to Jeremy Bullmore at: editorial@mtmagazine.co.uk. Regrettably, no correspondence can be entered into.

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