When and How to say NO – for additional workload

It’s can be hard to say no for a couple of reasons: you need the money, you’re shy or intimidated to say no (typical of us Filipinos), or you’re just a plain workaholic.

Still, saying no actually can do you more good. If you have a great boss, he or she may actually admire you for standing up to yourself. Contrary to what most of us know, there are employers who would rather to have you be upfront with them when it comes to handling tasks. Why? Because your performance suffers when you have too much on your plate. It may seem good at first, but once your body starts to scream “Enough!!!”, your mind has no other option but to shut down.

Talented VA Pinays

preview16Today I want to talk about task and time management in connection with when should you accept some more on your plate or say that you’re already full.

Being a Filipino worker could have so much effect on our work ethics in general. Filipino culture tends to live by the “hospitality” characteristic and mostly being overdone.

For most of us, saying no doesn’t come naturally. We are too afraid to say NO even if we don’t want to and also too shy to ask even if we did not understand. There is no scientific explanation I know to expand more on this idea but this is the reality and this is happening all the time.

I thought of writing this because of one recent interview I had from one of my prospective clients. So I asked, “did you have any Filipino workers working for you now?” and he said “yes!”…

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