Is it Okay to Say No at Work?

Many people are hesitant to say no at work and feel that management wants a yes person. But, often, saying no will earn you respect and even benefit your organization. However, saying yes can indeed cement your reputation and provides more responsibilities. Being able to say no, in the right way can help protect you from burnout and feeling overloaded.  Here are three situations when it is okay to say no: The task falls outside your actual responsibilities. You should be mindful of your job expectations and be willing to turn down a task that does not fit your goals. It may distract you from performing your job.  You are not qualified or the best person to complete the task. Typically this comes up when a coworker asks for your help. In some instances, there may be another person in the office who would be better suited for the task. You find yourself responding to [...]