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That’s Not My Job!: When coworkers ask too much

November 20, 2018 0 Comments

Q: I’m a receptionist at a small office, and every single day at least one of the female employees asks me to run a personal errand-pick up dry cleaning, get a late-afternoon yogurt, return a movie, you name it.  I’m really too busy for this, but I don’t want to come across as lazy or disagreeable.  How do I politely say no?

A: If these sorts of duties are not part of your job description, you need to turn down requests with a firm tone.  Be pleasant, even empathetic-“I wish I could help you out, but I barely have time for my own errands.”-but do take a stand.  If someone persists, then it’s time to say running personal errands is not part of your job.  Try not to get huffy or act insulted-and if anyone tries to intimidate you, refer them to your boss.

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