Nobody wants to appear as though they don’t know all the answers at work. When faced with a workplace dilemma, sometimes it can be embarrassing and uncomfortable to ask for help.
But the truth is that even the most seasoned professionals need to ask for help sometimes. A workplace is always full of potential challenges and unforeseen circumstances. Sometimes you just need to reach out and ask for assistance.
But how do you ask for help without giving the impression that you’re not qualified to do your job?
Simple. You think carefully about who to ask. If you need a hand on the job, the last thing you want to do is ask someone who may also be struggling with the same task, or who may be unqualified to provide the right answers. Ideally, ask a co-worker that you know will be able to provide the type of help you need. Often this will mean reaching out to a manager or supervisor, which of course can make matters even tougher if you’re worried about appearing unsure in front of your boss.
However, when you ask for help, make sure it’s clear that you’re asking because you’re committed to getting the job done properly. It’s in your manager’s or supervisor’s best interest to ensure that you complete your job well. Since you report to them, their reputation is on the line if you make an error. If they know you’re asking for assistance because you care about the quality of your work, odds are they’ll respect you for coming forward and be glad to help you out.
Lastly, once you receive the help you’re searching for, be sure to thank the person for their time and effort. Let them know how much you appreciate their willingness to help you learn and grow in your position.
Do you have questions about your current position? Or perhaps you’re looking for a new job? If so, contact the professionals HCR. We are a leading GTA and Southwestern Ontario employment agency with offices in Toronto, Newmarket, Milton, and St. Thomas.