For instance, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the Headmaster of Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore says “You will find that help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.”
Was Dumbledore thinking about Hump Day emails when he said that? Unlikely, but it sure does make for a great Hump Day topic!
Often, the demands of high-pressured work mean that instructions are only given once, perfection is insisted and getting it right the first time is expected. Due to these pressures and expectations, we can often feel like asking for help is a blow to our ego or an admittance that we are not cut out for the role. We think that there is little or no opportunity for error or admitting that simply put ‘I have no idea what I am doing’ or ‘I need HELP’.
But asking for help is an imperative skill and one that, when done appropriately, will increase productivity and decrease stress.
So let’s change our attitudes towards asking for help.
Asking for help shows strength rather than weakness. It demonstrates your commitment to your work. You want to get it right. You are striving for the highest quality. In fact asking questions, or asking for help, is often expected particularly in a new job or when taking on new responsibilities. And in many situations asking for help can be the fastest way to ultimately get the job done correctly.
Don’t waste time and energy agonising over the issue. This is particularly important if you are reaching a deadline. If you are struggling, the best approach is to admit it promptly. This will save you time and stress. If you have been working on a task for a long period of time, you may need an outsider’s perspective.
The best way to approach asking for help is to firstly acknowledge that you require it and this is not something you should feel bad about. It is then important to demonstrate that you have thought thoroughly about the issue and tried the options available to you. Remember, as long as you are considerate of others’ time and commitments, people are generally happy to help and share their knowledge. Asking for help is what working with colleagues and working in team environments is all about!
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All you need to do is ask us.