Ten Signs That Define the Office Pushover

By Dennis McCafferty
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    1-Sign: You Never Say

    Sign: You Never Say "No" to Any Requests

    Solution: Establish your "rules" in a professional but firm manner.

No one wants to be the office goof-up—the person who blows deadlines, turns in subpar work and gets away with doing as little as possible. Nor does anyone want to be the office bully who attempts to ramrod his or her agenda down everyone's throat. But there's a lot of middle ground between these insufferable workplace types and the office pushover: the employee who smiles and says "Sure!" when colleagues dump everything on him or her. Workers who always say "yes" to everyone in the office are often taken advantage of by less-collegial peers who "smell blood in the water" and abuse those too-nice-for-their-own-good co-workers. Experts say that, while most professionals want to be thought of as a team player, they need to find socially acceptable ways to set boundaries. The good news: Once the boundaries are clearly established, these individuals are usually respected by their colleagues. That means they will have to play the "no" card only once or twice. The following list—which includes signs that indicate a person is an office pushover, along with suggestions for solving the problem—was compiled from online resources YourOfficeCoach.com and TheGrindStone.com.

This article was originally published on 2013-10-10
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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