Saying ‘no’ can hurt your career yet it may be necessary to save your career. A perfect example to illustrate this point is Charlie Hunnam’s decision to not take in the much anticipated role of billionaire Grey in the show “50 Shades of Grey”. “Universal Pictures said his departure was a mutual decision due to a scheduling problem with Hunnam's TV commitment,” according to BBC News.
When you are asked to take on extra responsibility take the time to consider competency versus incompetency how much time it will take and when you say no, then what?
Competency vs Incompetency
If your boss is asking you to take on extra responsibility, ask yourself if it will help you or hurt you. If you have been waiting for a chance to show what you can do then taking on new responsibility will only help you. If, however, taking more on means over-extending yourself, you may not want to take a chance on looking incompetent.
How much time will it take?
Extra work is great for the pocket book but that time needs to be taken from somewhere. If the place you’re taking it from is something you can live with then taking on the project may be a good idea. Conversely, there is some ‘time’ that does not have a dollar value.
When you say no
Going back to our example, when Hunnam decided to back out, he offered to help find someone else. If you are someone who has a difficult time saying no, offering to help is a good way of saying no with actually saying no.
In the workplace when asked to take on extra responsibility it is ok to say no, especially if it interferes with your competency. You need to consider how much extra time the new responsibility will take and how it will affect your priorities. When you need to back out of added work, like Charlie Hunnam, be sure to offer your help to find someone who has the time.