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4 ways to stay in control at work

Do you ever feel like you have no influence over what happens at to you work because you’re living on autopilot?

Try switching a few things to gain more control over your life at work.

Don’t be a pushover

Sure, you can’t change the way a coworker feels about you, but you don’t have to let them walk all over you.

Instead, make sure you know what your responsibilities are and get used to saying no the right way. After all, if you don’t stand up for yourself on the job, no one else will.

Show your coworkers that yes, you’re a team player, but you’re also not going to let anyone pressure you into doing their work for them, or have them show you that your contributions don’t matter.

Don’t let people— or meetings— use up every second of your time

Some coworkers will talk, talk, talk your ear off at work, every chance they get— this will never change. But you can adjust how you react.

When they ask questions prying into your personal life, keep in mind that your life is your business only— make it clear that you won’t be sharing anymore information about the topic.

The same goes for meetings. They can really pile up, so it’s important to take control of your schedule by taking a few hours for your assignments, saying no to meetings and trying to have all meetings fall on the same day.

Ask for the money you want

Whether you actually get a raise is another story, but if you don’t ask for more money, you probably won’t get it.

Using humor, saying a number aloud and knowing that you don’t have to stay if your employer won’t give you a raise are key things to remember during a negotiation. The first step is scheduling time to talk with your supervisor.

Still need more inspiration? Let Ellevest’s Sallie Krawcheck shine a light on some methods you might not have thought of yet.

Don’t let tricky coworkers ruin your day

With know-it-alls, cyperompetitive coworkers and more, someone is always going to annoy you, no matter what. But you have control over how you respond to them.

Doing things like switching your surroundings, seeing a silver lining in the person irritating you and trying to stay professional when someone pushes your buttons can go a long way.

Staying in control at work is all about recognizing the value of your contributions and experience, and respecting yourself enough to protect them all costs— while still being someone others enjoy working with.

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