7 tips for talking to your boss about being overworked

by HBR

January 16, 2017 | 4:27 pm
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These days it seems like most people have too much on their plates. Everyone complains about feeling overworked. So how do you tell your boss you simply have too much to do?


Here are a few ways to make the conversation go smoothly.

1. CUT YOURSELF SOME SLACK: Don’t judge yourself too harshly. If you’re a good performer, saying “no” from time to time increases your credibility as an employee who will speak up.

2. SEEK COUNSEL AND SUPPORT: Ask a trusted friend or colleague to look at the amount of work you have and give you an honest opinion about whether it is too much for one person.

3. PROVIDE SOLUTIONS: Begin the conversation with your boss by stating the organization’s shared objectives and then stating what’s getting in the way of you accomplishing those goals. Be as specific as possible. Offer three ideas for addressing the issue.

4. SET PRIORITIES: If your boss gives you yet another assignment when you’re already stretched thin, respond by explaining what’s on your plate and then asking, “Which of these is most critical? And how would you prioritize the rest?”

5. OFFER TO HELP: Even when you have too much to do, it’s both considerate and professionally smart to provide help where you can. You could offer to attend brainstorming sessions, read first drafts or serve as a sounding board.

6. BE HONEST: There are times in everyone’s life when tumultuous personal events take precedence over all else. If you’re experiencing one of those periods, it’s best to be upfront about it.

7. KEEP YOUR COLLEAGUES CLOSE: When the boss is unwilling to make changes, give your teammates a heads-up that you’re feeling swamped.

You can also read http://www.businessdayonline.com/tell-boss-much-work/

by HBR

January 16, 2017 | 4:27 pm
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