As recruiters, we want to please our clients and candidates, but there comes a point where we have to draw the line. We all have our limits and it’s important to recognise them to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
It’s okay to say “no” when we are faced with unreasonable demands or tasks that will take too much time away from our personal commitments.
If you’re already juggling multiple projects and another request comes in, it may be time to say “no.” It’s important to communicate clearly and respectfully that your workload is too heavy and suggest an alternative timeline or solution.
Take a look at our top tips on when to say no 👇
📈 Overload – If you’re already juggling multiple projects and another request comes in, it may be time to say “no.” You can explain that your current workload is too heavy and suggest an alternative timeline or solution.
👥 Unreasonable Demands – If a client or hiring manager makes an unreasonable demand, it’s important to set boundaries and communicate what is feasible within your scope of work. You don’t need to put yourself through a stressful situation if it’s against your moral compass.
Think about what your own personal brand is and whether demands align with this. What’s important to you? Stand by that and back yourself. If you can’t get some form of compromise RUN DON’T WALK.
🕑 Time Management – If a task or project will take too much time away from other important responsibilities or personal commitments, it’s okay to say “no” and negotiate a more reasonable timeline.
🧘♀️ Self-Care – Prioritising self-care is essential for maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Saying “no” to a work request that conflicts with your self-care routine, such as a workout or mental health appointment, is a valid reason to set boundaries. Burnout is very real and can impact anyone. Make sure you look after yourself to avoid the stress getting on top of you.
We recently published a podcast discussing stress, burnout, and mental health in the recruitment world. Listen or watch it HERE for topics on stages of burnout, stress coping mechanism strategies, understanding boundaries, and the most efficient and effective ways to work in recruitment.
Remember, saying “no” can be uncomfortable, but it’s important to prioritise your well-being and avoid burnout.
Communicating your needs and limitations clearly and respectfully can help build strong relationships with your clients and colleagues, while also protecting your time and energy.
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