Given today’s economy many of us are afraid to make decisions that we believe might reflect poorly on us at work. We believe or assume that there are people lining up for our job and if we don’t make the decision that is expected we many find ourselves joining the hundreds and thousands of people who are looking for work. This fear sometimes causes people to make professional decisions that we know are not in our personal best interest. Have you ever said “yes” to staying late at work even though you already promised your son you would attend his basketball game? Have you ever taken on an assignment even though you knew your workload was already overloaded?
I believe that it is time to bring honesty and integrity back into the workplace. You should never be afraid to stand up for yourself and say you have other plans and choose to keep the commitments you make. Don’t be afraid to communicate that you cannot possibly take on any further responsibility without compromising both your wellbeing and the quality of the work you do. If you are doing the best job you can do, are a team player and you are a productive and respected team member of your workplace you shouldn’t be afraid to say no. I truly believe that yes is not always the right answer and more importantly you need to take a step back and ask yourself the more important questions. If I say yes to this what am I saying no to? And what will saying “yes” mean to my life, my stress level and my job performance?