Many people are unsure about how to say no at work, or even if it is allowed! But it is a skill you must learn if you are to be able to do the job to the best of your abilities. Being overloaded and overworked is not a good recipe for success and wellbeing.
As today’s guest, Rick Gough, says, at work it’s great to be able to say “Yes”. You’ll be seen in a positive light for your willingness and ‘can-do attitude, and possibly even improve your career prospects. And it’s nice to please others. But, as Rick says, it comes at a cost.
There’s a time to say “No”; it can be empowering, and “good for everybody”.
In this episode we discuss the whys and wherefores of politely refusing rather than just agreeing.
It’s not that simple, of course, and it can be quite challenging. Depending on who’s asking, it can be scary, so we cover that too. But in the long run (Rick has 27 years’ experience as an employee, mentor and manager), it pays to be honest if you feel overworked, under-skilled, or for whatever reason, would rather not take on that extra task.