Asking for what you want in the workplace

by Shweta Ramkumar

Asking for what you want in a workplace can be a tricky affair, particularly when you are in a field such as healthcare where patients’ lives depend on you. If you are not fully present and available to provide the best level of care and support to your patients and colleagues at all times, it could have negative repercussions on your professional reputation. 

This is a chicken and egg situation however, because for you to be the most productive, efficient, professional and reap the true rewards and benefits of your contributions to your workplace, you deserve the adequate working conditions and support for that. Hence, requesting for things such as flexibility in schedule, time off, who to work with, promotion is never easy

You may struggle to do this due to factors such as : 

-Cultural conditioning – you may have been raised in an environment where career and contribution to work defines success so the more you do the more successful you are perceived as being. You may also have been brought up to conform to authority figures at all times, and people working above you are no exception.  

-Toxic work environments – inconveniencing what is already not a good work environment by putting forward your demands can threaten your employability and make you a target of workplace bullying and harassment

-People pleasing tendencies – You’re inherently non-confrontational and would do anything to keep the peace, ensure no one is being inconvenienced by you and you don’t get a bad name or lose face amongst your colleagues and patients.

The truth, however, is that like any other relationship in our lives, the ones we have with our workplace and colleagues involve give and take. If all you’re getting in exchange for your time, contribution and energy at work is a paycheque, while your needs and well-being as an employee aren’t considered, its just glorified slavery.

Ultimately, when communicating our needs to our employer, we should aim to reach a win-win outcome, whereby both you and your employer have reached a healthy middle ground in order to meet both your needs in a satisfactory manner.

Asking for what you want, standing and speaking up your self is an art or skill that comes under the broader umbrella of assertive communication. If you are a non-English speaking healthcare professional working in a clinical role would like to improve any of these skills, schedule a complimentary 30 minute discovery call with me to find out how I can be of best service to you in becoming a more assertive and effective communicator in the workplace.

Hi, I'm Shweta

I coach non-native English speaking healthcare professionals how to advance in their career and build better relationships with their patients and colleagues by expressing themselves more articulately and confidently in the English language.

I work closely with healthcare professionals who work with patients regularly. I help them improve their communication skills when interacting with patients and colleagues, teach them how to show up authentically, assertively and articulately in their field of work in order for them to ultimately gain credibility, validation and respect.

If you work in a clinical role in the healthcare industry and would like to learn more about how to better connect and communicate openly with your clients / patients, book a complimentary 30 minute discovery call with me to see how I can best support you.

Shweta Ramkumar - English Language Confidence Coach

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