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When and How to Say "I Just Can't Do It!"
Workload pressures seem to be increasing.
And yet the quality time you can put in at office is limited.
How can you handle it? This article gives some advice on how
to "manage your boss" in a constructive manner.
We naturally hesitate to tell our boss
when we can't do something or are feeling overwhelmed in our
Bosses don't want to hear that, right?
Well, it depends.
In many situations, your boss is so
busy that he/she doesn't keep track of how much work you're
When your boss gives you a new project,
he's not thinking about all the other projects you're already
And here's the kicker - unless you
speak up and tell your boss that you can't handle the workload
he's giving you, he'll assume everything is fine.
This can have bad consequences for
you AND your boss.
You know what will happen. Eventually
things will start falling through the cracks or you'll rush
through tasks and start making mistakes.
You can only do so much in a day, and
deadlines will be missed. While you're stressing out, work
that your boss needs you to do is NOT being done.
When this happens, your boss will not
appreciate your excuse: "But I had too much to do, I
was overloaded with work!"
Saying that AFTER the fact will be
much worse than telling your boss up front - before mistakes
occur or deadlines are missed - that you're having trouble
with your workload.
It is your responsibility to tell your
boss when you are overwhelmed, and there's nothing wrong with
Of course, you don't want to tell your
boss, "I can't do that; I'm too busy."
But you can say, "I'll be happy
to take that on, but I need your help with prioritizing the
other projects you've already given me. Which jobs can I put
on hold or delegate to someone else while I work on this new
That's way better than keeping your
mouth shut, trying to do too much, and failing miserably.
by Bonnie Lowe, Best
Interview Strategies Bonnie is the creator of The
Job Interview Success System "Everything You Need To Know
and Do Before, During, And After Your Job Interview To Blow
Away The Competition And Get Hired!"
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