How To Refuse Additional Work Without Annoying Your Boss [Infographic]

Sometimes, a work request from your boss isn’t worth fulfilling. Maybe it’s impossible in the allotted time frame. Maybe it’s a different department’s responsibility. Or maybe it’s simply “one thing too many” when you’re already overworked.

Unfortunately, refusing a directive from your colleague or manager is easier said than done; especially if you’re shy or hate to rock the boat. This infographic outlines five ways to avoid extra tasks without feeling guilty.

The infographic below comes from the small businesses funding outfit The Business Backer. It explains how to say “no” when you’re given one task too many and outlines the best ways to approach the conversation. It also offers tips to help you determine whether a directive should be refused or not.

“Next time you find yourself overburdened with work, talk with your boss,” The Business Backer explains on its blog. “You shouldn’t feel guilty if you’re working for the good of the team.”

[Via The Business Backer]

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