In the office of the Sas & Ing Immigration Law Centre, many of the responsibilities in the office are shared between lawyers, paralegals, and administrative assistants. Irrespective of a team member’s position or status, three rules circulate daily in the office. These presiding rules are ones to live by, or perhaps more accurately, rules to survive by at Sas & Ing, and any professional workplace for that matter.
“Criteria and Evidence”
Although this first rule concerns the legal work Catherine Sas, Q.C. and her team does, it can be applied to other fields as well. This phrase encapsulates the need for both the basic requirements that any immigration application must meet, plus the additional evidence supporting why someone should be allowed to immigrate to Canada. It is not sufficient to fill out forms and hope that an immigration officer allows your client into the country. You have to approach each case from an angle and use evidence to convince the officer that your client not only meets, but exceeds the criteria to enter. This can be applied to problem solving of any variety. In order to give yourself the highest chances of success, you must meet the basic requirements and provide the most compelling supporting evidence for the best outcome.
This phrase is reiterated at every roadblock or question asked, it serves as the unspoken mantra of the firm – always in the back of everyone’s minds, slowly being drilled into manifestation. It may be something of a workplace cliché, but the employees and employers who embody resourcefulness tend to be skilled at their craft, and valuable team members. The key to resourcefulness is to seek out any alternative avenues before resigning yourself to the task at hand and deferring to a supervisor.
“Take Initiative, but Know Your Limits”
Employers hire employees to delegate tasks to and simplify their professional lives – they simply can’t afford the time it takes to manage all the tasks required to run a firm. Furthermore, employees are hired only if they’re deemed qualified in the first place. Therefore, an inherent degree of trust exists between employer and employee – they want you to take initiative because your purpose is to replace the need to micromanage all the responsibilities of the office. However, this trust does have its limits. If employees are out of their depth and complete something wrong, it reflects poorly on the employer. If you know a task lies above your qualifications, don’t be afraid to say so and seek help from coworkers or supervisors. Being self-aware of your capabilities and limits only makes you a more valuable employee.