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Saying No At Work

Do you ever feel like your workload is full to the brim, that taking a break is not an option? Do you go home stressed, knowing that what you haven’t done today will have to be done tomorrow? Have you ever felt frustrated when your boss approaches you with yet another task on top of an already busy workload?

Even though you feel over worked, something inside you just can’t say no. In this competitive job market, you value your job. You want to come off as agreeable, competent, hard working and capable. But what if you can only do the task with half the attention it requires? What if it’s finished quickly but with mistakes? What if you are too busy to get it finished on time, or at all?

When you take on more than you can handle, you are endangering your reputation!

You need to learn to say no. If you feel like you are at capacity, taking on yet another task is not only hurting you, but also your boss and the company you work for. The truth is, sometimes saying no would actually be doing everyone a favour. It gives the opportunity to someone else who could give proper attention to it, or possibly it is a signal that the company needs to hire another individual, opening up a job.

You don’t have to be overly assertive. Keep it simple, and be sure to explain what it is you are currently working on, how it is filling your time, and why it needs your attention. Your employer should appreciate your honesty and dedication to finishing the project.

Taking care to not over work or stress yourself out will make you more productive and efficient. And also, everyone has a limit. Employers or colleagues cannot know what your limit is unless you tell them.

The next time you are being tossed yet another task when your plate is full, don’t bite off more than you can chew. Do yourself and the company a favour, and say no.

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Shirley is a high-energy, high-content speaker who is passionate about motivating individuals to make a real difference in our automated world. With inspiring stories and a fun style, she engages audiences quickly, and encourages them to embrace high-touch as well as high-tech so they can connect with heart.

Shirley has been a trusted member of the professional speaking and training community for many years, and has received several awards for her services in leadership. She served as Asia Professional Speakers Singapore President 2011-12 and as Global Speakers Federation President 2017-18. She has spoken in almost 20 countries all over the world.

Author of 12 books published by international publishers, Shirley has established herself as a leading authority in workplace communication, business writing, and email. Her international bestseller Model Business Letters, Emails & Other Business Documents 7th edition has sold over half a million copies worldwide and been translated into 17 languages.

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