The following post is an excerpt from a new ebook authored for Give and Take by Dr. Baker called How to Ask for Help. This is the first post in a three-part series on the topic.
Do you pride yourself on being a giver at work but find that it is hard for you to ask for help?
Are you leading team members who have trouble asking for help?
Extensive research underscores the principle that being a giver at work makes people happier, more successful, more effective, and more efficient (for an excellent review of the interpersonal help-seeking literature, see Peter Bamburger’s “Employee Help-Seeking: Antecedents, Consequences and New Insights for Future Research”). Often, giving to others at work just makes us feel good.
However, it’s not just the giving that is beneficial. A willingness to ask for help is also central to a happy and productive work life. In fact, a reluctance to ask for help is incredibly limiting and destructive to our careers and lives.
We need to build up the muscle that allows us to ask for help when we need it at work. Otherwise, we often miss out on a wealth of resources that could drive increased success and fulfillment, including information, insight, opinions, guidance, help, introductions, support, referrals, or money.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing insights and lessons from my research about why it’s so important to ask for help and why you should do it anyway. Download the Ebook: How to Ask for Help at Work to learn more.Download the Ebook