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Inspiring Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be Overly Nice at Work ...

By Alicia

They say you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar, and that's true most of the time, but the fact of the matter is that if you're too nice at work, you're not going to get the respect you want, let alone the career. Fostering a good relationship with your colleagues is essential, but being too nice can often backfire. When you're too nice, your coworkers are all too ready to take advantage of you, which can be to the detriment of your job, how well you do it, and, ultimately, your success.

1 People Constantly Ask You for Favors

person, facial expression, profession, singing, One of the signs you’re too nice at work is if people are constantly asking you for favors. It is good to do favors for your coworkers when you can. Everyone needs to be helped out from time to time but if you feel that you are constantly being asked favors, it could be a sign you’re too nice at work. It can be helpful to see if any of these other signs apply to you to help you decide if you need to make some changes.

2 You do More Work than Others in the Same Position

person, Do you do more work than others in the same position? That can be a sign you’re too nice at work. You should be doing about the same amount of work as others in the same position you are in. This may ebb and flow but are the scales are always tipped toward you having the heaviest work load? It can be a sign you are being too nice at work.

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3 You Feel Taken Advantage of

hairstyle, finger, hand, don't, deserve, Do you feel taken advantage of at work? That can be something that happens if you are overly nice. You want to be kind and be a good team player but you don’t want to give the impression that others can run over you. It might be wise to start thinking about how to set boundaries in your job. Boundaries can actually help others to respect you more.

4 You Are Hiding Your Ambition

person, profession, official, SHELLY, COOP, If you feel like you can’t express your ambitions and goals, you may be too nice at work. It is good to care for the feelings of others. However, you should never allow that to make you feel you shouldn't express your ambition. Your job is about you. Don’t be afraid to shine.

5 Someone else is Taking Your Credit

film, supernatural creature, Do you find yourself in situations where someone else is taking your credit? You do all the work yet they pass it off as their own? This can be one of the most frustrating situations to find yourself in. Don’t be afraid to speak up and let others know what you contributed. You deserve recognition.

6 You Are the Only One Staying Late

GOD, NEED, SLEEP, In many jobs, there are times you have to stay late. It happens on occasion. But if you are the only one that ever has to stay late, you may want to ask yourself why. Is there a good reason? Or is it because you have been so nice others feel they can push that off onto you?

7 People Just Assume You Will do Things

eyewear, eye glass accessory, gadget, mobile device, profession, Do people just assume that you will do certain things that aren’t really in your job description? This can cause you to feel resentful. You certainly want to do your job to the best of your abilities. However, you don’t want to find yourself doing someone else’s tasks. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself when you need to do so.

It can be difficult to find the balance between being too nice and being nice enough. How do you find that balance? I would love to hear your tips.

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