Saying “no” at work can be tough, but there are effective ways to decline requests for help without feeling guilty or disappointing others, says Sue Quackenbush, human resources chief at Vonage. So reports Fortune.
Before saying “no,” here are three things you should do:
Have a clear understanding of what is being asked so you can figure out if you are even the best person to take on the task.
Acknowledge the request for help, but make sure they understand your own priorities and responsibilities that you need to address.
Be respectful in saying “no” and be ready to give some other options to help them out.
“At the end of the day, saying no is about setting boundaries while maintaining your relationships with colleagues,” Quackenbush says.
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