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How to Stop Being a 'Yes' Person at Work

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Sep 15, 2017

Whether it's because of a need to be liked, a fear of looking bad, or even a gross overestimation of their capabilities, there are some types who simply say "yes" to every request that comes their way. While this may build some goodwill with coworkers, the cons far outweigh the pros. It leads to stress, burnout, resentment, and generally being unhappy. But how do you break the habit? A recent article in Fast Company talks about how to stop being the office donkey, taking on burden after burden from those who can't seem to do their own work. 

While the article goes into much more detail, in sum, it is recommended that you give other people more credit on their ability to solve their own problems, to be more compassionate toward yourself, to set firm boundaries by experimenting with just saying 'no,' and overall learning how to deal with conflict.