Falling Behind at Work? When and How to Ask for Help

Lets face it, asking for help in the workplace comes with a negative stigma. There is the fear that you will be viewed as a failure or incompetent at your jobThis could not be further from the truth. We all need help from time to time. Whether we are falling behind at work or facing a problem that we just cant find a solution to, there will be times when colleagues and supervisors’ help is needed. This is your guide on when and how to ask for help.  

Exhaust Every Option 

Try every possible solution you can think of before asking for help. Nothing will be more frustrating to your team or your boss than to find the answer in the most obvious place that you failed to look. Its like looking for a spice but never actually checking the spice rack. Make sure you have done your due diligence before seeking help. 

Be Prepared 

When asking for help, come prepared with a list of potential solutions you have already tried and why they all failed. This lets the person you are coming to know that you have put forth the effort. It also gives them a starting point for helping you solve the issue. Your cry for help will be much better received than knocking on the door and saying, Can you help me fix this? without any context, which will come across as laziness on your part. 

Know When Its Time to Stop 

Perseverance is often a good quality to have, but know when its time to stop and ask for help. Missing a deadline or irritating a client because your unwillingness to ask for help is dragging out the task will not impress your supervisor. You will be viewed as innovative and dedicated if you know when to swallow your pride and admit that you need another set of eyes on the problem. 

Bring Potential Solutions to the Table 

Chances are you are stuck because you have run out of potential solutions. That doesnt mean you cant bring possible ideas to the table. Presenting ideas on how to move forward shows that you arent trying to dump your problem on someone else and that you are diligently looking for a way to find the best resolution.  

Let Us Help You Find Your Dream Job! 

It is not a matter of if you need help on the job but when. Knowing when and how to ask for help is the key to showing that you are dedicated, humble, and a team player. Let a leading staffing agency help you find your dream job where you can shine. Salem Solutions will take the time to learn your career goals and present you with open positions that meet your skillset. Contact us today to get started.   

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