As a busy office professional, you’re not only taking on tasks as needed by your boss but often fielding requests for assistance from co-workers and people in other departments as well. How many times would you like to say, “No, I can’t help you,” but refrain from doing so? The result is an overload of work when you’re still trying to complete the projects that fall within your job responsibilities.
It’s important to be a team player and provide assistance whenever possible. But by taking on more than you can handle, you decrease your own productivity while escalating your personal stress level—an unhealthy situation that only leads to dissatisfaction both for you and the people around you.
Here’s how to decline requests without disappointing or alienating your co-workers:
Take a moment
Saying “no” as soon as the request is out of the other person’s mouth can make you appear indifferent or uncaring about the situation. Take...(register to read more)