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Asking For Help Can Show Strength In The Workplace

Asking for help is not a weakness, but when it comes to asking for it in the workplace, there might be hesitancy.

Worrying that colleagues will perceive it as a failure to cope, or that the boss might see it as a lack of effort in trying can often lead to people trying to power through their problem. That can result in additional time spent on tasks that could have been avoided if help had been sought, growing anxiety when it cannot be resolved alone, or even burnout from the stress.

Sometimes, asking for help demonstrates strength. It shows self-awareness and a willingness to learn and grow. It especially shows that you are open to alternative approaches and ready to take advice on board in your problem-solving approach.

If you find yourself in the following situations, you should consider asking for assistance:

You Don’t Know What You’re Doing

This sounds straightforward, but if you’ve been given a task that you haven’t done before and you’re struggling, it is worthwhile to approach someone for assistance. You could ask your manager/supervisor for clarification about the task, or for some additional support in completing the task. If you require help from your colleagues because they have an understanding of the task, approach them calmly and explain what you need.

There is no point in trying to repeatedly re-attempt the task if you have no idea what you are trying to achieve. It is not an effective way to spend your time, and you will end up stressing yourself out more than anything else.

There’s Too Much Work

Although this may be well-intentioned on your part, being overly enthusiastic about your work practices can cause trouble. Having too much work on your hands will prevent you from completing what you have to the best standard and may leave you overwhelmed.

In this scenario, asking coworkers to help you can seem as though you are shirking responsibilities that you chose to take on, but it is more likely that people have been in similar situations to you.

However, when taking on more responsibilities or accepting additional tasks, make sure that you don’t take on more than you can handle. Understand what your limits and capabilities are, and be sure to address them with your supervisor. However, make sure that the next time you take on more responsibilities, you don’t take on more than you can handle.

You’ve Made A Mistake

It is inevitable that you will make a mistake at some point – it is a part of simply being human. But managing your response is where it counts. Rather than trying to sweep it under the rug, talking to someone about how you could fix it is a much better response. You will not be the first person to make a mistake and there will be others after you that will probably also make mistakes similar to yours, if not the same ones.

If you’re someone who often finds it difficult to make large lump sum payments for goods or services, you may want to consider looking into “Buy Now Pay Later” services.

Buy now pay later essentially means that, rather than paying in a full lump sum payment for a product or services rendered, there may be an option to pay through instalments of a certain amount over a set period to make the sum of the full amount in total. This method should allow you to pay in full for the product or service without overly straining your finances – you pay back what you can, as agreed upon when you begin the buy now pay later service.

Some popular buy now pay later services include Afterpay, Zip Pay, Brightepay, and some credit card networks such as  Mastercard and Visa, can offer buy now pay later arrangements.

Though it can be a convenient, immediate solution, it may be challenging to juggle the necessary repayments with other financial commitments. It’s not always the most appropriate method for people, and you should bear in mind your situation and ability in paying back the amounts. 

Before you sign up, keep in mind: 

  • It becomes easier to overspend with buy now pay later services, so know your limits on what you can and can’t afford.
  • You will be charged fees and costs to use the service, which can add up to a princely sum in and of itself.
  • Keeping track of your payments can be tricky if you’ve signed up for multiple services.
  • It could affect your loan applications for a car or mortgage as lenders consider buy now pay later spending just as much as your credit score.
  • Late repayments can appear on your credit report, which affects your ability to borrow money in the future.
  • Layby can be a cheaper alternative to buy now pay later, with no account-keeping or late fees to consider

If you are someone who could make use of BNPL services, you may wish to:

  • Ensure that when using the BNPL service, you stick to a set limit on what you spend so that you can comfortably pay it back later. 
  • Aim only to have one BNPL account at a time to manage payments through, rather than confuse yourself with multiple payments across different providers.
  • Always budget for bills, loan payments and BNPL payments, and 
  • Rather than use your credit card for payments to your BNPL account, consider linking to your debit account instead.

If you would like assistance in planning your financial future, help in managing your budget or some friendly advice, see us for a chat about what we can do for you.

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