When it comes to asking for help, many people, unfortunately, view it as a weakness. Instead, asking for help is one of the most powerful things you can do. That being said, there are actually times when it is and is not appropriate to ask for help. For instance, when someone is already overloaded with their own work, it is not advisable to ask them for help. In addition, there is a difference between asking someone for help and expecting someone to do things for you. For the most part, however, asking for help is both healthy and beneficial. Here are a few reasons why it is okay to ask for help.
It shows humility
Asking for help shows that you are not only not superhuman, but you also don’t think of yourself that way either. All too often bosses, owners, managers or employers, think they have to project an image of someone who always has it all together. The problem is that when they project that image, it communicates they expect the same from others as well. People make mistakes, they can’t “do it all.” By not trying to do everything yourself, you also set others free to not do it all themselves either.
Creates a better team
Teams are not built by everyone always doing their own job and staying in their own lane. While people need to be responsible for their own lane, that doesn’t mean they don’t need to learn how to effectively change lanes, and drive in each other’s lanes. Asking for help shows that you are a team player, which encourages your team to be team players as well.
Helps you learn new things
Chances are good, you have a certain way you do things. Chances are also good other people have a different way of doing things that work equally well. When you ask others for help, you give them a chance to learn a new way of doing things as well as opening yourself up to the possibility of learning something new as well. It may turn out that one of you has a better system of doing something or it might even turn out that they enjoy doing a task you hate while you enjoy doing something they hate. not only can you learn new ways of doing things, but you might find a better way to distribute tasks that everyone finds more enjoyable.