As admins we find purpose in helping others and we love saying “Yes” to requests. Sometimes along our journey we lose sight of that and can become disgruntled with the barrage of requests. “Do you know what is for lunch today?” when they have access to the same menu on the intranet as you do. “How do you use the scanner?” while standing next to a meticulously constructed sign on how to use the scanner. It’s enough to drive anyone mad. Sadly, this can take the spring out of our steps in the morning and lead to us saying “No” a lot more often than we did at the beginning of our careers when we all so eager to please others and help, so “Yes” tumbled freely from our lips.
How can we get back to the good ol’ days when we were lit up by our roles instead of feeling hassled?
Try saying Yes.
Or at least let them know you are trying to say yes. We obviously cannot say yes to every request that is asked of us or we would burnout fast. In fact, that could be how so many of us get to the humbug status. It is merely a result of taking on too much and trying to help too many. But what if I told you, it is possible to say “Yes” and not overfill your plate? It isn’t about how much you take on it’s all about the attitude you bring to the table. Are you helpful or bothered? Has anyone said they were afraid to bring something up to you before? That’s a warning sign but it can be turned around. I promise you!
I wrote a piece over on LinkedIn about a valuable lesson I learned about saying yes and how it allowed me to say no and everyone still walks away happy.