Asking questions at work

I find that a lot of my peers have issues asking others for help, especially at work. There are numerous reasons why they could be feeling this way:

  • fear of seeming inadequate
  • fear of depending on someone
  • introversion
  • pride/arrogance
  • complacency

But I’m letting you all know today that it’s OK to ask for help! Give yourself some time to see the bigger picture. By asking others for help, you could:

  • save time and enhance your productivity
  • avoid massive mistakes and/or re-dos
  • gain the trust of your coworkers (by depending on them, they will, in turn, depend on you)
  • learn more about the job, company or industry in the process
  • increase your confidence, and you’ll know what to do next time

To be honest, I’ve never had a problem asking for help. If I don’t know how to do something, I’m going to ask rather than risk messing everything up. At times, I felt like I was bothering people who didn’t necessarily feel like answering my questions. But I got over that feeling quickly because I knew they would be even more annoyed if I ruined a project without asking for help. What are your thoughts on asking questions at work? Leave them in the comment section below!

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