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Three Creative Ways to Tell Your Boss No

Mar 18 2014 Published by under Uncategorized

Julia Richardson By Julia Richardson –
We’ve all been there – overworked and overloaded. The overwhelming feeling that happens to us when task upon task is piled on. Maybe you think of yourself as superhuman, or maybe you’re too passive to say “no,” but either way, something has to give.

Saying “no” is one thing, but saying “no” to your boss is another thing entirely. It’s a scary prospect, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. In fact, sometimes it’s better to upfront and honest about your capabilities and time constraints, rather than disappoint.


Here are three ways to tell your boss “no” without actually saying the word.

1.    Time Constraints
Let your boss know that you simply don’t have time for any additional task or project. In order to communicate this in a way that doesn’t call your ability into question, ask your boss about priorities. In this way, you let him know what your workload consists of. Your boss will be able to see your time constraints without you telling him.

2.    Point to Other Projects
Sometimes it’s not quantity but quality. You may not have a long list of things to do, but your short list contains important work that requires focused attention. You need to let your boss know what you’re working on by pointing to these other projects. Chances are, he doesn’t know or remember all that is on your schedule. Remind him and stress their importance.

3.    Redirect the Request
Occasionally, your boss will ask you to do something that is not in your area of expertise. An easy way to say no to this request is to simply redirect your boss to a coworker that does have the right expertise to complete the task. This is also a viable option if you do have the skills, but know other coworkers that have similar skills that may be able to take on the task.

The key to successfully telling your boss “no” is to be creative and communicate the same message in a different way. You don’t want to undermine your strength and ability, but it’s important to resist the need to over-exert yourself.  After all, the only thing more terrifying than saying “no” is to crash and burn, failing to complete your work at all.

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Should I Quit My Job In This Economy

Mar 11 2014 Published by under Uncategorized

Contrary to popular belief, even in times of a bad economy, not only is it possible to quit your job, but if you’re working a dead end job, then it may even be advisable to quit. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you should just pick up and leave… not without first making sure that you’re quitting your job for a good reason and then, if you are, coming up with a clear, comprehensive strategy before you hand in your letter of resignation.

 To really determine the answer to the question of “Should I quit my job in this economy” will require you to determine whether you’re just facing a temporary setback at the workplace or if it’s just the job itself that’s the problem. Sometimes we want to flee when we make a mistake or when times seem rocky which is why it’s important to really dig deep inside oneself to figure out why you want to quit your job. A few reasons that may indicate that it’s time to resign include the following:

  • You aren’t sure this is the career for you anymore. Are you questioning whether you are happy in the chosen profession? Some professionals go for decades in a job and suddenly decide they truly aren’t cut out for the job and go in a completely different direction in order to find happiness. Examine which aspects of the job bring you down, but also which areas you love.
  • You don’t like the company (or certain people or its vision/goals, etc). If you feel affinity to your career choice, but wonder if you’re working for the right employer, you may just need to determine if it’s the entire company you don’t like, its future direction or just the folks in your department or surrounding team––or all three.
  • You’re feeling overworked without it being compensated or recognized that you’ve taken on more work. Have you experienced any major changes at work? During a tough economy, companies often cut back and give remaining workers more tasks without additional pay. Consider if the company may just be going through tough times. If you can stick it out, the company will hopefully come out the other end on top and you could be better for staying around.
  • The company is failing or gradually imploding and you want to be long gone before this actually happens.


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How to get dad to quit his job

Mar 04 2014 Published by under Uncategorized

Julia Richardson By Julia Richardson –
If your dad is miserable with his current job, it may be time to move on. It’s difficult enough to be miserable yourself, but to watch someone you love live in misery can be even more difficult. You can see the negative impact of the job and the toll it’s taking on your dad, but how do you convince your dad that quitting is the best course of action when he may not even see it as an option at all? Here are a few tips to consider when making your case.


Miserable Dad

Miserable Dad

  1. Know your motives. Not only do you want to be sincere in your intentions, but you also want to examine your motives to determine the exact reason or reasons that you feel your dad should quit. You want to be concise and to the point, and that means you must know where to start.  Knowing your motives allows you to establish your position, which is the key to an effective argument.
  2. Research facts. In order to present a convincing case, you need to have your facts straight. If, after analyzing your motives, you determine that his misery is a symptom of stress, Study the symptoms of stress and its long-term health effects. Researching facts will show your dad that you’ve put a lot of thought into him and his distress, and that you’re concerned.
  3. Formulate a plan.  Quitting your job is a big deal. Generations before were conditioned to tough it out and stay in one job for the entirety of their career. Chances are, your dad doesn’t even consider quitting an option, no matter how concerned you are. Prove that it is. Find other job leads. Think about the time-line, develop a budget, and calculate the payoff. If you want him to quit, you’ll need to have a plan in place.
  4. Listen. After you present your case, listen to your dad and his thoughts. Validate his concerns. Once again, express your own feelings and reiterate your plan for action. He may have a lot to say, he may not, but you’ve put the idea in his head. Brush up on your listening skills with Forbes’ 10 step plan for effective listening.
  5. Offer Support. Ultimately, the decision to quit is in your dad’s hands. It’s his decision, not yours. Support him. Let him know that you are there for him. If he decides to quit, support and help him in his job search. If he opts to stay put, encourage him use relaxation techniques to reduce his stress levels and find happiness from other sources. He needs to know that his self-worth is not dependent on work-related success.

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