How To Stay On Top Of Your Work
Last updated January 2, 2020
If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, don’t sit with that feeling! Your co-workers, supervisors, and boss comprise a “whole” that only functions as well as its parts! In other words, if you’re suffering, your whole team suffers, too.
Asking for help when you need it is critical. If you’re wondering how to go about getting help from your co-workers or boss, check out this list of ways you can reach out for help while still being professional:
During a lull at work
Ask a co-worker with more experience for advice on how to handle a task you’re struggling with.
Don’t let deadlines slip by.
If you’re worried you don’t know how to complete a task, or won’t finish in time, immediately let your co-workers and supervisors know. They’ll help come up with a plan.
If asking for help in-person makes you feel awkward or nervous, email your supervisor to ask for a meeting to discuss the challenges you’re having. Keep it formal.
Ask for clarification.
If you don’t understand how to complete a task, but try to do it anyway, you’ll likely end up in a worse place than when you started. Don’t be afraid to ask your boss to walk you through the task again.
Whenever you ask for help, write down the information you’re getting so you don’t have to ask twice!
Sharpen your skills at home.
If there is something you don’t know – like maybe Excel, or something you want to get better at – like customer service skills, get online at home and take one of the great, free tutorials. You will demonstrate initiative and getting that extra skill, may even put you in line for a promotion or pay bump!