Don’t Tell Me How To Do My Job
Sometimes, you may find yourself in a situation where someone is telling you how to do your job, even though they don’t have the same set of skills or knowledge base that you do. It can be incredibly frustrating and can have a negative impact on your productivity, motivation, and overall job satisfaction.
1. Understand That It’s Unsolicited Advice
When someone is offering their unsolicited advice about how to do your job better, or how you could be performing tasks differently, it can make you feel like the work you are doing isn’t good enough. It’s important to remember that this person is likely coming from a place of wanting to help, to contribute, or even to make themselves look good. Recognizing this can help you release some of the annoyance you may feel and focus on the discussion at hand.
2. Speak Up
If someone is trying to tell you how to do your job and you don’t feel comfortable with it, don’t be afraid to speak up. Ask questions about why they think their methodology is better or how it relates to your occupation. Express yourself and explain why you’re doing things a certain way. Be assertive and remind them that you know how to do your job.
3. Let Your Boss Know If It Becomes a Problem
If the advice-giving keeps happening and it starts to disrupt the workplace, don’t be afraid to reach out to your boss. Let them know that someone is giving you unsolicited advice and it’s impacting your work. Your boss can then step in and talk to the person in question, so you don’t have to waste time dealing with it.
4. Take Away Positives
While it can be annoying and disruptive to have someone constantly telling you how to do your job, it’s important to try and find the positives. Maybe they have a different way of looking at something that could be beneficial, or even open your eyes to something you weren’t considering before. Even if it’s uncomfortable, take a minute to consider their point of view- you may find something useful in their advice.
When someone is telling you how to do your job and it’s making you uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to speak up. Remind them that you know your job and the best way to do it. If the situation continues, reach out to your boss for help. And always try to look for the positives- you never know when a different point of view can benefit you.