How to get your company to hire more people

Avoid this hard-to-break habit as an employee

Mike Holden


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Many people fall into this trap.

A company keeps sending work your way and you keep finding a way to get it done, which might eventually mean you’re working well over 40 hours a week on a regular basis.

You’re probably stressed and barely keeping all the balls in the air at times. Maybe you’re somehow managing to avoid making mistakes but know it’s not sustainable. However, you don’t want to say anything because everyone is amazed at what you’re accomplishing on your own.

Surely, you’re going to climb the ladder if you keep this up. But will you?

Don’t wait around hoping your hardwork is eventually recognized

In a company with a strong culture, you might be rewarded for all your hard work.

On the other hand, in some compnaies, if you keep taking on more work to impress people, they might assume they don’t need to hire more staff.

One of the ways to fast track to burnout is to keep saying yes to more work, instead of saying you’ll need additional budget or people to get it done.

Sometimes it can be hard to come forward and say that you’ve reached your max and can’t take on additional work, but it’s one of the only ways to make management aware that more resources are needed.

How to let people know you can’t take on more work

Documentation is your best bet if you want to show others in your company that you’re maxed out and in need of additional staff to hit goals.

For example, start tracking your projects and the hours that go into them.

When asked to do something that’s going to take you away from your current tasks, let people know you can get the new task done, but that it means something else will drop. You can show them your project list and timelines, so they can make the decision on what to let slip.

Eventually, if you can illustrate it from them, leaders may come to realize you have no additional bandwidth and that more resources are needed to keep your projects…



Mike Holden

Marketing leader with 20 years of experience. Dad of 6. Get ideas in the No Budget Marketing newsletter.