Has it ever happened that you are in the middle of a task and you felt that you should not have signed up for it? You feel that you should said no at the outset, but were taken Advantage of to complete the task?
Perhaps you became the organizer of all of the office birthday parties, because no one else would do it. Or, maybe you picked up the slack yet again, and ended up staying late for a colleague who begged you to help him to finish a project at the last minute.
So, how to avoid being taken advantage of at work?
Acknowledge other people’s capability
Often the tendency to intervene and help out in a situation comes from a belief that the person is not capable to do it without you. The reality is, people are often much more resilient than we believe. If you say, “no,” most people can either find someone else to say, “yes” if they’re motivated to do so or even solve the problem themselves.
For instance, in the sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory’, Leonard and Sheldon offer to bring over Penny’s television from her bully ex-boyfriend because they feel she is helpless. But in turn, they get their pants snatched from him.
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Be more careful of your own needs before jumping in to help others. Be willing to advocate your own self-worth. At such times, it is important to learn to say no. According to author, William Ury, we have a hard time saying no because we want to maintain a good relationship.
Set your limits
You have to set boundaries so that people know your work schedule and will not make excessive demands on your effort and time. If you have agreed to sign up for a particular project, don’t agree to help in for another assignment. It could distract you from your main task, and affect your performance.
These work hacks could save you a lot of grief.
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