What’s the best way to ask for help when you’re overwhelmed at work? Sometimes it’s hard because you don’t want to look weak, incapable, or unable to keep up.
Say Why. Let your boss know why you’re asking. For example, “I am working on the Applewood project and was just given the Blakewood deal. I need help because there are competing deadlines.”
Say What and When. “I need someone to prepare envelopes today and tomorrow so I can get the mailings on both projects out in time. It will take about 4 hours to do this part of the project.” Being clear about what you want and a timeline makes it easier for others evaluate their priorities and determine whether they can meet your expectations.
Say How. Offer a solution, or way someone can help you. “Having someone help with the envelopes will allow me to focus on the documents. It would be great if a receptionist could prepare the envelopes. I need them completed within the next two days.”
With a clear request, a reason and a solution, it’s much easier for others to know what they’re getting into and to say yes to helping you.