How to Ask for Help at Work
Starting a new job can bring a wide range of emotions. From new people, new policies, new hours and training this can cause employees to have a lot of questions. If you are doing your work and all of a sudden you need help, the daunting task of asking for help sweeps upon you.
Try to troubleshoot by asking yourself if this is something you can handle yourself. If there is an employee handbook or training guide, see if you can find the answer to your question. Consider if the question you have is actually worth asking. You may need to do some homework to get the answer to your question, but this shows your co-workers and supervisor you are completely capable of finding the answer yourself.
If you aren’t able to find the answer to your question, you can ask a coworker that is near you. Your co-worker may have more experience in the job since they have been there the longest. Ensure you thank the co-worker for their help and show gratitude as they will be more likely to help you in the future.
If your co-worker is unable to assist you with your question, ask your supervisor as a last resort. The supervisor should always be willing to help you if you are not able to understand a particular part of your job, especially if you’re new. Asking questions will help you know more and be successful in your career.
Helen Lee Schifter, a former arbitrage trader on Wall Street and health and wellness expert is a firm believer in people asking questions as this helps them grow. She is a former graduate of the elite high school Phillips Exeter Academy. She has formerly worked on Wall Street before starting her career at Hearst as an editor. She is based in New York City and writes many articles to help those in business be more engaged in their work.
Schifter now works in the fashion industry and expresses everyone should keep themselves mentally and emotionally healthy year-round. When starting a new company and not asking questions just holds you back. By asking questions, you can grow as an individual and succeed in your career. Leading a healthy life should include enforcing regular routines in your daily schedule. Having a daily routine will help keep you motivated and more aware of what is going on in your environment. Helen Lee Schifter believes by asking questions helps improve people’s health, mental resilience, and productivity. When you know how to accurately complete your job, it helps you be more productive and get work done.
When in doubt, ask for help at work after trying to find the answer yourself. It shows you are determined to know your job well and want to be successful within your job. If you need to ask for help from a co-worker or supervisor, it’s always best to say “Could you help by explaining this to me?” This will show your co-worker’s determination in your new position.