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Why It’s Good To Say NO To Your Boss

Many people believe that taking on more work is a sign that you’re a good worker. While there is some truth to this, is putting yourself last all the time paving the road to a successful future?

Voluntarily working hard is something that subconsciously happens when you’re in a satisfying job; it’s not forced. This is an important distinction to make, because when you’re being delegated work that you don’t want to do, you’ll have to really force yourself to get that work done.

But as that stack of paper on your desk keeps getting higher and higher, so too does your overall level of stress and you’re going to have to spend countless hours after work trying to get it all done.

Not only is this a sure way to start despising your boss and your job, but it’s also quite detrimental to your health.

So how can we prevent this from happening?

It all starts with asking the right questions.

Can I get this done?

It’s easy to be quick to please because you don’t want to say no to your boss. However, in most cases, all this does is make the situation worse.
Take some time to think about it before reacting. Absorb as much as you can and reflect on it; is it feasible and can I get it done in time?

If the answer is no, then you need to find a way to let your stakeholders know.

How else can it be done?

If you don’t want to outright say no to your boss, finding an alternative solution is a better route to take.

Something that Executives like to say is “don’t come to me with problems, come to me with solutions”. If you’ve thought through all the possible scenarios and looked at what options work best, then it shows you’ve got the nous and initiative to solve things on your own.

You’ll stand out from the rest of the team and will be remembered for your efforts.

Do I need help?

You need to remember that it takes a whole team of people to make a division run smoothly, and there’s no shame in asking your colleagues for help.

In fact, the higher you move up in your career, the more you’ll have to start delegating tasks to others, so you might as well get the hang of it early.

If you’re working a lot more hours than needed and you’re feeling the pressure, it’s a clear indication that you’re overworked.

Being overworked means you’re tired, sometimes working on pure adrenaline and what that means is your attention span starts to wane. If you’re in a position that involves quality, timing or finances, then a small error can lead to huge problems which can cost the money tens of thousands and even millions.

But how do you actually say no to your boss?
That’s a topic for another time.

Until next time,
Thai Ngo.

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