Posted by Tamara Stanley on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 06:00
Despite our best efforts, regardless of how much we twist ourselves into pretzels, no matter how much try to squeeze one more hour into the day, we simply cannot do it all. To save our sanity, sometimes we need to learn to say no.
Saying no at work isn't easy. We may feel the need to be a team player or think saying no will jeopardize a promotion.
Or we may suffer with a difficult boss who may not take no for an answer. Yet, learning when (you've reached workload capacity, you're in the middle of a rush project, the request is unethical or illegal, you're being asked to do something outside your skill set, for example) and how to push back could be the best thing you can do for your career. You're better off turning someone down at the start than making promises you can't keep.
For tips on the art of saying no, see the guides below:
- "How to Say No at Work" slideshow: Forbes offers these tips — with pictures
- "The Gentle Art of Saying No": Lifehack teaches you how to stop being nice and manage your time
"The Best-Kept Secrets to Saying No at Work": A dose of empowerment and guidance on when we should say "yes" from U.S. News
- "Saying No to Your Boss": CareerBuilder's guide to saying "no" to your leaders in specific situations