How To Say "No" At Work

Saying "no" is an important skill not only in life but for your career as well.

There may be times when your boss or co-worker asks you to do something you truly do not want to do, don't have time to do, or doesn't seem like an exciting project to devote time to.

Everyone wants to be a team player, but there are many times when it's best to stand up for yourself and say "no."

First off, evaluate the request. Do you have time to take it on? Can your co-workers pitch in and help you? Will it add to your skillsets? If you don't have the desire or bandwidth, just say no.

After all,

saying no is saying yes to the things that matter!

Here's a few examples of how to do that (practice makes perfect):

  • Unfortunately, I have too much to do today. I can help you another time.

  • I can't help, but I have some resources I can forward to you.

  • I don't have the capacity to help you at the moment.

  • Thank you so much for thinking of me for this, but I was planning to spend this week working on [name of other projects].

  • Ok. If this is the priority I can start working on it right away. However, that does mean we won’t get X done for another number of weeks.

You got this!

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