We are always told to say no to things that make us uncomfortable. This is probably the most significant lesson that our parents and/or caretakers taught us growing up and hopefully it is a lesson that stuck with many of you. However, there are also times to say “yes.”
Times when it is essential to say “yes” are often times when you want to say “no” at work. Either because you think the task being asked of you is below your skillset or beyond your skillset, you don’t feel comfortable taking it on. However, when you say “no,” there is a chance that you won’t be given an opportunity again. Not the opportunity to do the same menial or challenging task, but the chance to help the team out when they are in need.
Once a team member says no to a task that leadership deemed them capable of doing, that team member has shown that they are not there to cement the team together. They are not there to fill missing cracks and needs. Instead, they are there to perform their specific tasks. While many people are comfortable taking on only their assigned duties, and that is entirely understandable depending on other responsibilities and conflicts in life, some are looking to be noticed and climb the workplace ladder.
Making yourself available to do random tasks that need to be done puts you on leadership radar. And guess who they will be considering the next time they are looking to fill a position? The person that showed they were up for the challenge and there for the team.
Have you ever taken a risk and said “yes” at work? What did you say yes to and what was the result?