Our reader poll today asks: When someone on your team pesters you to get something low priority completed, how do you react?
- I firmly tell them, “No, I’ll do it when it’s time. Please don’t mention it again.” 34%
- I ignore their pestering and get to it when I get to it. 22%
- placate them and keep saying “I’ll get to it soon.” 32%
- I give in and just do it. Anything to get them to stop pestering me. 11%
Maintaining focus and priorities. It looks like most of you try to get the distraction to stop – either by being direct, ignoring the distraction, or placating with a “not now” response. Recognize that if they’re pestering you, they likely won’t stop until they get a firm answer either way. Whether that’s you giving in and just doing it or firmly telling them “no” they’ll need a definitive result and will keep bringing it up until they have resolution. Try giving them definitive answers. If the answer is “no” or “not now” then just say so. Ignoring them or placating them doesn’t stop the distractions and those distractions impact your productivity significantly. Step up and assert your priorities. It will alleviate anxiety for them and will reduce interruptions for you.
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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 240,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.