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Three Good Reasons You Should Speak Up At Work

Jason Wong
Published Date:
Apr 26, 2016

Excited stafferIf you’re not blessed with boundless confidence, it can be difficult to summon the courage necessary to voice an idea or opinion to your colleagues or boss. After all, what if you think your thinking is sound, but they think it’s stupid? But how many times have you sat quietly while a colleague proposed a very similar idea that went over great with the rest of the team? Here are three good reasons from The Daily Muse to speak up when you have something to say at work:

Your input is wanted. You wouldn’t have been hired if your boss didn’t want your input. You likely aced an arduous interview process, meaning that your boss thinks you’re the best person for the job. Unless you think your boss is just phoning it in, odds are good that he or she expects you to speak up more often.

Even incomplete ideas can lead to important discussions. Giving an incomplete thought while discussing a major project may not be the best idea, but if you’re speaking to your boss or colleagues casually, don’t be hesitant to say something like, “I’ve been thinking about X recently, and though I don’t have the answers, I was hoping for some feedback.”

Nobody else is going to speak up for you. As mentioned before, it’s frustrating when someone gives an idea that’s almost identical to yours, but what’s worse is if you’re the only person thinking it and you don’t voice your thoughts.