Every few weeks, a new workplace term comes onto the scene.
The most recent term to grace the employment world is ‘offerism’ – a word that Metro coined to describe those employees who continue to take on work even if their plate is already full.
Employees guilty of ‘offerism’ have an uncontrollable need to please people – much like Friends’ Monica Geller – by offering their services, even if they already have an unmanageable workload to contend with. Whether they are asked to do something on an individual level, or the question task is posed to a roomful of employees, they will feel the urge to raise their hand immediately.
Life Coach Tracey Livingston told Metro that “offerism likely stems from beliefs and feelings of ‘not being good enough’ or perfectionism or the need to overdeliver in order to be liked or validated”.
But biting off more than you can chew often has adverse effects for the person actually doing the work. Soon rather than later, employees doing this will start to feel burnt out.
So, if you are getting a bit fed up with being one of the few people willing to take on extra work, HR Grapevine’s sister site Executive Grapevine has collated five tips on how to say ‘no’ to your boss – in a respectful manner.
Remind your boss of your existing workload. Say that you would love to help but you don’t have the time or capacity to complete the work to a high standard, so it is best to ask someone else.
Offer an alternative solution that they can’t resist. Help them find a solution that gets the job done but also alleviates the pressure off of you. For example, if they ask you to stay late but you already have family plans that you can’t wriggle out of, offer to come in earlier on Monday morning to help them out.
Get straight to the point. Rather than beating around the bush, it is better to be direct about the situation because your boss isn’t a mind-reader. Tell them that you don’t want to work late and give them a reason why.
Assess the mood. If it is obvious that your boss is in a foul mood, perhaps hold off from telling him that you can’t do that extra project. If they are in a bad mood, your email could be the last straw and they could end up taking their frustrations out on you.
Thank your boss for thinking of you. If your boss is asking you to take on extra work it is because they are confident in your abilities, so take it as a compliment.