We have all been in the situation when we feel helpless even when we know that someone is trying to take advantage of you at work. This could be the crucial moment when the veil of disillusionment drops, and the real world office politics hits us with full swing.
Often when we are trying to build a credible work image, it is recommended to be helpful, to chip in when everyone is loaded with work. But during this process, you have to beware of the off-loaders who try to take advantage of your helpfulness.
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Nithya Suresh, an HR executive says, “You do not have to be a people pleaser. One needs to able to say no. When asked about the reason behind it, you can be honest instead of giving an excuse. Draw the line, it will help you lead an easier work life.”
So, here are three kinds of people who may be taking advantage of you at work, and how to respond to them.
They Say They Are Busy, But Are They?
It sometimes happens that a coworker asks you to help with a large report because they claim they are swamped with other work, but then you notice them taking a two-hour lunch break. These are the people who push over work. Your response to them can be curt and simple. Tell them you are busy too, and would definitely help when the pressure on you eases off. This short message can go a long way with a co-worker by reminding him or her that you also have a lot to get done in a limited amount of time—and that pitching in would be adding significantly more to your plate.
They Ask For Your Help Saying That You Are Better Than Them At The Task
Sometime, colleagues or seniors with more experience may shower you with complements, but it is actually a trap to get you to do their work. But actually the task may be above you or your pay scale. You can respond to them with humility, suggesting your incapability at the task, and asking them for their help in return. It may be a good reminder to them that you know your place, and theirs too.
Those Asking For Polite Favours
These are the colleagues who will show up only when they need favours from you. They are asking for your help not because they genuinely believe in your capacity, but because they think that you will agree to a quick polite favour. Usually, in such cases, it works to let the person know you are busy. But you can give the benefit of doubt by understanding whether they really need help.
These approaches will help you fend off those who try to take advantage of you at work.
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