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How To Stop People Pleasing At Work
You don’t have to put everyone in front of yourself!
Career 20 Apr 2021

Getting ahead in the art world is hard, and it’s even harder during a global pandemic. Our industry is super competitive, so many of us are always going above and beyond to please our colleagues and impress our bosses, but is it always good for us? Sometimes, it’s important to say no, for your own physical and mental wellbeing. But how do we stop putting others before ourselves? Well, let us tell you!

Think Of Yourself

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Yes, you’re working as part of a team, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to put yourself first. Of course, we all want to help your workmates, but should that be at a detriment to your own wellbeing?! Just think about why you’re doing what you’re doing, and how it benefits you (or not!).

Be Honest With Your Colleagues

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If you’re constantly saying yes, even though you don’t really have the time to be helping others, just be honest! Your colleagues will not want you to do a shoddy job of whatever it is they are asking for. It sounds corny, but honestly, honesty is the best policy!

Take Baby Steps

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Maybe you’ve been constantly saying “yes” for years, so shutting people down all of a sudden may seem a little strange to them initially. So, why not take baby steps? Little by little, set boundaries as to what you can and can’t do. 

Remember That You’re Part Of A Team

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You’re probably worried that if you don’t do that extra task, it won’t get done, right? But if you’re people pleasing at work, it means that you have colleagues to people please! You’re working as part of a team, so if you can’t do something, it’s more than likely that someone else can. 

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

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Following on from the above point, it’s super important to ask for help when you need it. We’ve all had a difficult year, so don’t make it harder than it has to be. Stretching yourself beyond the limits just to give your colleagues a break really is not worth it. There is no shame in asking for help. In fact, you might be surprised by the response!

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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