Most people in the workforce want to be as helpful as possible and are willing to go the extra mile to add value to their organizations. But there is a fine-line between being friendly and helpful and being too nice and never saying no to your boss or co-workers.
Being ‘too nice’ can be a disadvantage if you don’t set boundaries at work and can even have negative consequences for your work life. Some of these negative consequences can be that you are not compensated for your work, you get taken advantage of, you get overlooked and you could get more tasks dumped on your plate.
Below we have outlined how being ‘too nice’ can have negative consequences for you at work and what you can do to prevent it.
Not Compensated for Your Work
If you are a nice person, it may be hard for you to say no to people. You take on new tasks and projects without hesitation. When you sign on for a job, it’s likely that you already have a full schedule as it is. Taking on more and more tasks can mean that you are constantly juggling different projects, but are you being compensated for this additional work?
Before you know it, you can barely keep up with your daily tasks. So, what should you do?
You need to communicate with your boss about the tasks which you are completing on a day-to-day basis to determine priorities. Are there tasks that could be stopped, or taken on by another team member?
Before you look for a new job because you feel overwhelmed, communicate with your boss. We recommend you talk about your situation with your employer, you never know what could come from a simple conversation.
You Get Taken Advantage Of
Are you regularly working extra hours, are you constantly feeling burnt out or are you your employer’s go-to person for anything and everything? You need to take a step back and think: are you being asked to do something because of your skills, or is your employer taking advantage of your good nature?
While it’s important to be a team player, you can only squeeze in so much work in a day.
If you notice that your boss or co-worker is constantly adding tasks to your plate, you are the only person who will stand up for yourself. A simple, “I’m sorry, I’m very busy today, I will not have enough time to complete that task” is a polite response and a good way you can restrict how often people approach you to do their tasks.
You Get Overlooked
Being nice and taking on additional tasks will make you seem more valuable to your organization, right? Be sure to keep a list of additional tasks that you have taken on so that you can review them with your boss to ensure you get the recognition, pay increases and promotions you deserve for your hard work. And of course, if they are not properly recognized, it may be time to move on and find a new job.
Offer to help when you can, but make sure your employer and co-workers understand that your time and effort is valuable.