Because You Asked for It – 7 Things You Asked for At Work & Received

There’s that saying that says “be careful what you wish/ask for.” Those few words can make or break a day, week, month or even life. Here are seven things others have asked for at work and received.

1. More Money

More money. Yes, this one often comes with more responsibility, which, in turn requires more of your time. We understand this, and yet, I speak to many people who think that more $$ does not have to equal more of their time. That’s fair, but not the reality in many workplaces. I recommend asking yourself, “what would the added monies do for me, my family, my life?” If the time given to make this happen is not equal to or greater than the cash, then you might need to pass.

2. Less Hours

Less hours. You can ask and receive a workweek that is only 39 hours or less. Some companies will not lower your salary for 35-39 hours and allow you to keep your health insurance too. Pretty cool, right? The challenge I am hearing is that many people are afraid to ask. They have preconceived ideas of the answer as if they can predict the future.

Remember that each situation is different and yours is as unique as the next employee. Ask and receive. Ask and get a maybe or no. You asked and that opens the door. Just be prepared to answer why you want this when asked. Have a good answer as saying “because” is not going to cut it. What you would do with the extra hours is up to you.

3. Workload

Too many projects/directions. New roles, new responsibilities, more stress. We want more time for ourselves and more money too. It’s the US and that’s how we roll. Is it worth it? What can you do when you get what you wanted and it’s becoming too much?

Consider asking for an order of priority as it pertains to projects. Let your manager know that there is not enough time to do all of them. Perhaps you can offer your own list of importance. This opens the door to conversation, help and even fewer tasks! Let them tell you which ones are not so important so that you can shelf them for a while, potentially, a long while.

4. Leadership Position

My thoughts/advice here come from my own experience and many others I know. It comes down to four things once you’ve started leading a team.

  1. Listen to individuals and your team well. Really well.
  2. Support them at every turn. Be there for them.
  3. Ask for input, make sure they feel a sense of belonging.
  4. Never be an a-hole.

5. Make Time for Yourself

Make time for yourself. If you’ve received what you asked for, like leading a team or making more money, remember to give yourself self-care as well. Being great at what you do requires sleep, some exercise and proper food from time to time. Successful people know this to be true. These are “must haves” and also include time with family, friends and taking every day of vacation that you have coming. Banking a few days is fine, but time away from work is essential.

6. Enhance Your Skills

Enjoy what you do and continue to enhance your skills. You applied for and won this job or a promotion over other candidates. Becoming more of a master of what you do makes work easier because you aren’t looking at the clock every 15 minutes. You’re also more indispensable which puts you in the driver’s seat. I like that!

7. Know When it’s Time to Leave

Know when it’s time to hit the road. Your mind and/or body will tell you when/if enough is enough. It may be time to look for another job. There are always signs and reasons to stay and the same is true for leaving. It also takes time, hard work and even courage to move on. Perhaps, you can do what I did. Leave a good Fortune 500 job and become a keynote speaker and author. Risky, yes. Rewarding, hell yes!

You asked for it and now you get to make decisions that reflect where you currently are and where you want to be. These are exciting times. Enjoy your ride!