How Hot Are You? Career Heat-O-Meter
By Duane Swierczynski
"Once again, a memo that took five minutes to write trumped the dinner reservations that took three months to make happen."
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Where do you fall on the heat-o-meter?
HEAT INDEX: 451° F
The office literally can't run without you. When you cough, stock markets in Asia get jittery. You have dozens of allies; the conventional wisdom is you'll be running the place someday. In fact, you practically are.
HEAT INDEX: 115° F
You're known as the go-to person for pretty much everything: advice, a shoulder, Motrin. When employees don't want to bother the muckety-mucks, they come to you. You're a fixture at meetings.
HEAT INDEX: 97.5° F
You coast along in by 8, out by 4. No one knows you outside your department, except in a vague, "Hmm, she looks familiar" kind of way. You do your job. You're good at your job. But so is the person on the other side of the divider.
HEAT INDEX: 72° F
You see a lot of people meeting, but you don't know what about. Instead of doing your job, you're loaned to other departments for "special assignments."
HEAT INDEX: 47° F
No one reports to you; you're not even sure to whom you report. Even the IT guy blows you off.
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