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The values and benefits of Map Your Job!
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Mapping your job is a way to take charge of your job situation, by helping you identify specific actions that can change that situation, whether you want to:
- advance where you are,
- increase satisfaction in your work or
- move on to a new job.
You can do this both for yourself and for other people in their jobs.
Table of contents of this page
Who is this for?
What is "Map Your Job!"
"Map Your Job!" - Tips Techniques and Guidelines (work in progress)
"Map Your Job!" - Overview
What is "Map Your Job!"?
Mapping a job means looking at a job as a process and applying a "person-centered" process improvement method to it, accounting for both the workflow and the feelings and values associated with that workflow.
This includes drawing a diagram of the job, capturing evaluations of the elements on the diagram, prioritizing the evaluations, and brainstorming plans to do something about the high priority evaluations.
The links below provide detailed, step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions on how to do this. You can expect significant results within an hour of starting.
"Map Your Job!" is a subset of the proven ActionMap® method for process mapping, evaluation and action planning.
"Map Your Job!" is focused on supporting people in mapping a single job, starting with their own jobs.
Why Map Your Job?
- There's a 50%+ job dissatisfaction rate
- People want to advance in their current jobs, improve their job conditions or move on to a new job
- People cannot clearly see a job when they are:
- Outside the job, or
- Deep inside the job
- It's the difference between assigning a job, doing the job and describing how to do the job (see this link for more on those differences)
- You cannot effectively change what you can't see
- SO: you need to map a job in order to effectively change a job
More of the purposes, values and motivations for mapping a job are explained on this page.
What you need to Map Your Job
- Several pieces of 8.5 x 11 inch paper
- A pencil
- An eraser
- The ability to follow written instructions.
- The ability to draw simple sketches and write short phrases.
Knowledge and Information
- What you know about your job
- About an hour to get started the first time.
- (The second time you map a job may be much faster.)
- A few hours spread over a couple of days to think about, update and adjust your map (or maps).
- After all, this is your job we're talking about!
- Although you may get it done in a single working session, if you get into it!
What is the basic method?
(The method is spelled out in step by step detail at the "How to Map a Job - Detailed Instructions" link below. The steps are all proven, largely mechanical and easily doable for anyone with basic office communication skills.)
The ActionMap method follows a compact improvement cycle (called the "Main Cycle"). It consists of six stages:
Map - Draw a diagram of your job that uses this format:
Evaluate - Write down notes about everything on the diagram
- What you like, what you don't like, what you want more of, what you want less of, your ideas for changing things, informational notes, measurements...anything and everything
Prioritize - Prioritize the notes A, B, C
- A = do something about this now
- B = do something about this after the A's
- C = maybe do never
Brainstorm - Think about what could be done about the A's
Action Plan - Turn the brainstorming ideas into concrete action items (this is fully spelled out)
Assign - Write down a target date by which you would like to accomplish each action item. If you need someone's help, capture their name too.
Here is a one minute video that describes the steps above (in a slightly shorter form).
How to Map a Job -Detailed Instructions
Detailed instructions for how to map a job are provided on this page.
Map That Job - Tips Techniques and Guidelines
Tips, techniques and guidelines for that extend the "How To" details can be found on this page
Ways to connect with ActionMap and other people about "Map that Job!"
We want you to be successful at mapping jobs, and we would like to hear about your experiences and get your feedback on how to improve the self-training.
There are several ways connect with ActionMap and other people to discuss "Map that Job!", including:
1. Join the "Map that Job!" group at LinkedIn, at this link.
2. Contact us via our website contact page, at this link.
3. Email us here at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Sign up for a free trial subscription. That will give you access to contributing to the forums on this support site. If you cancel the subscription (which you can do before the first billing), your access to this site will remain. You can sign up for a subscription through this link.
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