5 Ways to say NO at work
One of the most common challenges clients share with me during Career Consultations is that they feel overworked. While I do believe there is a season (especially in your mid twenties) where you need to simply put your head down and work as hard as you can, this needs to be sustainable.
Workplace Communication Tips
- improving their workplace communication
- learning to say no (not literally, please see the scenarios below)
- mapping out how to better manage the expectations they have created with their managers and co-workers
Am I describing you?
With some simple re-thinking about what to say when people approach you, you can change how you respond when you are asked to do something. This will help get more of your own priority task list done AND still manage to help those people around you.
I am not suggesting for a minute you take the ‘it’s not my job to do that’ approach. What I am suggesting is that you do not automatically say yes when people ask you to do something. Your time at work is precious and so trying this new approach will help sort through who genuinely needs your help and those who are potentially taking advantage of you!
How to Say No at Work
Here are 5 effective ways to say no which are intended to help solve and help, but also makes sure you are not necessarily the one taking on the task.
Ishan: Karen, can you please do this for me today?
Karen: I could, but I will not have time to finish what I promised Roberta I would do for her today. Can it wait?
Veronica: Karen, can you please do this for me today?
Karen: Who else can you ask to help you with this? This is the sort of thing Rupert does really well.
Van: Karen, can you please do this for me today?
Karen: I am busy at the moment, but can do it for you next week.
Sally: Karen, can you please do this for me today?
Karen: If I do this for you, I will be unable to complete what I am working on for you now. Is it more important than the task we are currently aiming to complete today?
Karen: I can not do this for you today, but I can show you how to do it.