It’s a human nature not being able to refuse to do something. Some employees like to prove that they are confident and qualified at work so they accept any assignment given by their boss, even though they don’t have enough time.
Refusing to take a certain task may classify you as uncooperative. But saying “yes” won’t help since you won’t finish all the work by yourself. Saying “yes” develops a conflict.
What are the limits that you gently set with your boss, without giving the impression as being mean or incompetent?
1. Don’t accept any chance to start a new project. When your boss asks you this means that he trusts you so don’t take it as something bad.
2. Suspend. If you feel that you are overloaded, inform your boss that you are unable to meet your deadline. Ask, “would you give time to study this new project and see how much time does it need to finish it on time?”
Avoid answering with a yes or a no automatically.
3. Evaluate. How much time does it require to complete several achievements in this project? Then inform your boss using a proposal that shows the exact time needed to expect good results.
4. Know the priorities from your boss. Ask your boss whether you should stop the current task you are working on and start with the project you were recently given. You need to know which is more important.
If you should deal with two bosses, it is not that simple. You have to discuss the project with both of them to set the priorities clearly.
5. Get some help. If you have strong relationships with your colleagues then they give you a hand. If you have to prepare an important presentation, you may ask someone who is experienced in PowerPoint to help you.
Your skills in directing relationships and handling problems are brought to light when you integrate with your team members.
6. Consider the bad effect of a “yes”. Think deeply if this project will enhance your experience and if you will get recognition.
Sometimes the fear of failing forces you to say “No”. Try your best to achieve a project, if your boss is trying to give you a push.
7. Provide weekly reports. If your manager isn’t aware of the hard you have been doing then you need to inform him. Managers don’t always see what an employee has achieved. You have to tell them so that they can manage the tasks.