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Discretionary effort

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Discretionary effort is the difference in the level of effort one brings to an activity or a task versus the minimum effort required to simply get by or make do. It is the “extra mile” an employee is willing to take when performing his/her duties.


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Boyd, Sandra and Kim Spurgeon, “Lifelong Career Management.” In Blythe C. Shepard and Priya S. Mani (editors). Career Development Practice in Canada: Perspectives, Principles and Professionalism. Toronto: Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), 2014, p.406.

Business, “Discretionary effort.” Online: (Retrieved on August 7, 2014)

Koen, Andre, “Increasing Discretionary Effort in the Workplace.” HireCentrix. Online: (Retrieved on August 14, 2014)

Lauritsen, Jason, “What exactly is Discretionary Effort?” Online: (Retrieved on August 14, 2014)

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