How to Say No at Work

Ambitious people are hard workers. Whatever your talent, there is no substitute for knuckling down if you want to build a great career. But we all have limits, and taking on too much work can reduce the quality of what we do. How should you say no when your boss gives you a task too many?

There are plenty of perfectly good reasons to decline work. You may struggle to get it done on time if you already have a big workload. If you get a reputation as someone who can’t say no, you may end up given work that better fits the skill set of another colleague. For your sake, and the business, learning to turn down work should be part of your personal development.

However tough it seems, there are good ways to do so. Next time you find yourself overburdened with work, talk with your boss. You shouldn’t feel guilty if you’re working for the good of the team. Our new infographic outlines the best ways to approach the conversation, when ‘no’ seems the hardest word to say.

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Sources
Bregman, P. (2013). Nine Practices to Help You Say No. hbr.org
Forbes. (No date). How to say no at work. forbes.com
Goldman, J. (2014). The art of rejection: How to win respect at work by saying ‘no’ more often. thenextweb.com
Gross, EL. (2016). When To Say No At Work (And Why It’s Important). forbes.com
Knight, R. (2015). How to Say No to Taking on More Work. hbr.org
McCord, S. (No date). How to Tell Your Boss “No”—Without Saying “No”. themuse.com
Weeks, H. 2014. Say No Without Burning Bridges. hbr.org
Ashton, K. 2012. Creative People Say No. medium.com
Henry, H. 2012. How to Prioritize When Everything Is Important. lifehacker.com

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