Being a Yes Person

Are you your boss’s go-to person when he’s in a bind?  Do all of your coworkers come to you when they are running into hiccups on their own initiatives?  Do you find it difficult, or even impossible, to say no when asked to take on something new or help out with a project?  Then you are a yes person.  There are many great things about yes people: they are often ambitious, dependable, gifted in their craft, and a coveted member to have on any team.  As a yes person, there are some definite advantages, but there are some things to be wary of as well!

You will gain a reputation with superiors as being dependable and trustworthy.

If you are a yes person, chances are, you do high quality work in a timely fashion. Otherwise, so many people wouldn’t ask things for you to say yes to!  Word travels fast in companies about who can be relied on in clutch moments.  As a yes person, your boss knows your capabilities and will trust you with important information and projects.  This can help you when vying for promotions and raises.

You will increase your business exposure.

As a yes person, your help might often times be recruited in various areas of the company and by new higher-ups other than your direct boss.  Like we said, word travels fast, and if other people need your assistance, you can gain exposure to other facets of your company, and network with new people.  All of this is highly beneficial to your career and professional growth.

Everyone wants you on their team.

Colleagues are often times grateful to have yes people on their team (unless they are intimidated by you).  Yes people value teamwork, and are willing to go the extra mile to help those around them succeed.  They quickly gain a reputation as being the go-to person whenever a team member needs help, or are looked to as a leader on team projects.

Be prepared to handle extra work.

Along with being a yes person comes a few drawbacks.  You must be prepared to handle all of the extra work you are saying yes to.  Yes people are adept at multi-tasking and shifting their weight to accommodate for an increase in workloads, but make sure you aren’t taking on so much that the quality of your work is suffering or that you are heading towards a burnout.

Don’t get taken advantage of.

If it is common knowledge that you rarely turn down a request for help, there might be some people that will take advantage of this and pawn work off on you that they don’t feel like doing.  Learn to know the difference between a person in need and a person that has a task they don’t want to do.  Being a yes person means using your expertise to better your team and organization, not getting stuck doing everyone’s dirty work.

As long as you learn to balance the pros and cons that come along with the title, your yes person attitude will surely get you far in your career!

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