COMING UP FAST: STRESSBUSTER - YOUR MAYDAY CALL

COMING UP FAST: STRESSBUSTER - YOUR MAYDAY CALL - When under pressure at work, we often think that only we can complete the task in hand. We then overload ourselves. We should make a habit of asking for help before we reach breaking point.

by GAEL LINDENFIELD, author and lecturer
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

When under pressure at work, we often think that only we can complete the task in hand. We then overload ourselves. We should make a habit of asking for help before we reach breaking point.

DON'T WAIT till the 12th hour before seeking help. Colleagues may feel pressured by your desperation and might resent helping.

GET STRAIGHT TO THE POINT - don't preface your request with apologies, self put-downs or justification.

ACKNOWLEDGE others' workloads - (I appreciate you may be having a busy week too) - and let colleagues refuse.

AVOID TIT-FOR-TAT SWEETENERS - most people enjoy helping others with no strings attached. It's a quick way to generate positivity and goodwill.

DON'T BE A MARTYR - it's easier to ask a return favour from someone who readily asks for help themselves.

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