Increasingly, IT professionals find themselves working in matrixed organizations with two or more managers to whom they directly support. Though this type of multi-pronged work environment can be challenging, when you are proactive in identifying the possible pitfalls, it can also offer a variety of development and career progression opportunities.
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One of the key issues in a matrixed environment can be that your functional manager and other lines of report don’t communicate with each other regularly, let alone coordinate their demands on your time and energy. This can be challenging at best and result in disengagement at worst. Here’s how to remain positive and engaged when faced with competing expectations:
The essence of a matrix is dual command. However, it’s possible to feel caught in the middle of a power struggle or competing priorities between two or more managers. This, in turn, can result in confusion about whom to align with, as well as a loss of interest in your work. Here’s how to navigate power struggles and remain involved in your work:
Sometimes, a manager who’s trying to stake claim on your time and energy can cause you to become isolated from your other projects or networks. This can have the double consequence of reducing your work satisfaction, as well as reducing the amount of time you spend with those in the organization who can help you advance. Here’s how to maintain your network despite demands on your time:
In addition to these points, pay attention to success stories from other professionals who’ve effectively participated in projects in your matrixed work environment. By learning from others, you too can become more engaged and equipped to succeed. And, if you have success stories, make sure to share them as your manager and others may not be aware of the significance of your accomplishments.
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