Learn five professional ways and examples how to say No to a job request which is conflicting with your other commitments, while maintaining a positive relationship. These approaches include communicating prior commitments, offering alternative solutions, seeking clarification and negotiation, assuring completion upon return, and encouraging a colleague’s growth.
5 Approaches how to say No to competing demands:
- Communicate your prior commitments, suggesting alternative timelines or resources.
- Offer alternative solutions that accommodate both parties’ goals.
- Seek clarification and negotiation, emphasizing the importance of work-life balance.
- Assure completion as a first priority upon returning from personal commitments.
- Encourage a new colleague to step up, providing guidance and reviewing results upon return.
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