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How Not to Say Yes at Work [Infographic]

Has a co-worker ever asked you to help them out on a project – and you’ve said yes, and regretted it?

“Yes” is often the preferred response, of course, but sometimes “No” is the best for all –whether your company sells widgets, builds apps, or buys and manages real estate investments.

We’ve said yes to the infographic below, from The Business Backer, now part of Enova International.

Here are five ways to say no without feeling guilty:

1. Be honest and straightforward. No need to be unclear. Just say your not the right person for the task.

2. Don't say no via email – do it in person. Emails may lack empathy, and can lack clarity.

3. Ask your boss for help in prioritizing your tasks. Then explain to your co-worker the priorities. (If your boss is doing the asking, well, say “Yes!”)

4. Refer the request to the right person. If you truly are not the right person for the task, don't say no, but refer your asker to a colleague who may be a better fit.

5. Show appreciation. When you say no, don’t be an ingrate. Your co-worker likely asked you to help out because he or she thought you could do the job well.

Consider investing in a professionally managed portfolio of single-family homes? Please contact Harold Willig at or 917-209-4452.

Harold Willig is the Manager of SpringView Investment Management, LLC, which he founded in 2012. Mr. Willig also served as HFZ Capital Group’s Chief Financial Officer, and was responsible for the oversight of HFZ's Finance and Accounting team. He has over 16 years of finance and accounting experience. Mr. Willig also ran a consulting practice and provided valuation, analysis, and transactional support services to multi-billion dollar real estate companies. Previously, Mr. Willig served as the Senior Controller and Vice President of Financial Analysis and then the Chief Financial Officer of the Athena Group, a multifamily development company and fund manager.

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