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How do you handle constantly being told "NO" in the workplace?

  • 6 September 2019
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Lately, a coworker and I have been discussing the difficulty we have getting through "red tape" at work and having simple, problem-solving ideas constantly shut down without much discussion or negotiation. This has been an issue for us for several years.

Do you work in an environment where you consistently have ideas on how a task could be done quicker/easier/better but you are not sure who to take those ideas to? If you happen to take those ideas to your supervisor or manager or team leader, are you usually met with an immediate "No, we can't do that because blah blah blah..."? Within your company, does there seem to be a lack of collaboration between departments?

What is the best way to handle these issues?

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I would recommend putting an objective business case together, and pull together a list of the options (including do nothing) to give context. Hard facts and figures are hard to dismiss and it shows you have done your hard work. Also an idea without a plan is just a wish, so try and give as much detail as you can.

You might also want to look into doing some negotiation MOOC's as well. Week 6 of International Organizations Management by University of Geneva covers marketing plans, you may want to audit the course to get some ideas.