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How not to be taken advantage of at work

Be comfortable and confident at work

From SheKnows Canada
As a newbie, it is very easy for coworkers and bosses to take advantage of you. And sometimes that can continue to happen even after you have established yourself. While you can’t always change your environment, you can change your approach and somewhat control the way others view and treat you in return.

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Reflections and reminders

We are all eager to do well and advance in our careers. You want to please your boss, and not just for his or her sake; it's important to remember that you do it for you. You're willing to work hard in order for your work to be noticed and appreciated. Whenever you find yourself drowning in work, take a step back and observe how others work and how they are being treated. This will help you see if you are really being taken advantage of, or if it's just a matter of a fast-paced environment. Reminding yourself that you are doing all this for you will help you put your foot down and not get too engrossed in pleasing others. So, the point is to please as much as it is fair and rewarding for you.

First impressions

Often we are inviting others to take advantage of us without realizing it. Being too nice and easy-going can give off the wrong impression and can induce people to ask more and more of you, without realizing that they are taking advantage of you. Whether you are new to the company, in the department or just dealing with new people, the way you portray yourself is key to how others will view you and deal with you. Be talkative and funny, but also stand your ground, showing self-respect and dignity.

Speak up

Speaking up does not necessarily entail filing a report. It is OK to have a talk with your co-worker or supervisor about reducing the workload and expectations. It does not show that you are incompetent; quite the contrary! Courteously referring to others’ workloads and your own performance level only shows that you can stand up for yourself. And start saying no! There’s no need to throw a fit, but when someone at work asks you the same favour five times, you can simply smile and mention that you would love to help but you have too much on your plate at the moment and can't give it your full attention.

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