the story of a super-stressed out co-worker
Something just wasn’t right with Steven. He was under an immense amount of pressure and struggled to get by.
When Steven’s plea for help was ignored, things went from bad to worse.
Ed, his co-worker, had noticed that Steven seemed awfully scattered and stressed lately, but Ed didn’t want to get involved. “To each his own,” Ed thought.
Ed never wanted to do more than absolutely necessary, which explained his personal motto: “another day, another dollar.”
One day, Steven came up to Ed looking particularly stressed and said, “I have so much on my plate. Could you help me with one of my reports? I would be so grateful.”
Ed thought for a moment, but he didn’t really feel like writing that report. Besides, if he helped Steven, he might even have to stay late, so he said, “I can’t help you, Steven. Sorry.”
Steven was disappointed but quietly went back to his desk. The day passed, and Ed went home at exactly 5 p.m. without even noticing that Steven was slaving away at his work.
The next day, Ed noticed that Steven wasn’t in the office, so he asked his boss where he was.
“He called me this morning and quit,” his boss said. “He said the job was too stressful. We’ll find a replacement eventually, but until then, I’m going to need you to pick up the slack.”
In no time, Ed found his desk looking twice as cluttered as Steven’s – an endless pile of papers. The work piled up, and he found his stress levels rising each day. Now Ed was full of regret.
MORAL: Be willing to help others, for you may one day find yourself in need of help.
The law of the harvest has been restated in many ways, but it boils down to this: You get what you give!
If you’re too busy to help your friend or co-worker, then when the chips are down and you need something, you can probably count on them being too busy to help you.
What is it that keeps us from offering to help others who are clearly in need? And why would we refuse a single request for help when we can see it’s a serious issue?
We should wisely decide when we’re able to take something on and not allow our selfish fears or desires to keep us from offering our help when it’s truly needed.
If we’re stingy with our help, we get left out in the cold when our own needs are important. But if we show kindness and give meaningful help in difficult times, then in our hour of distress, people will be lining up to offer a hand.
Often it’s not necessary for us to wait to be asked. One look at Steven’s desk could have told our friend Ed that something wasn’t right with Steven and that he could likely use a hand.
A simple inquiry before things got to the breaking point might have helped Steven manage his load more efficiently – and subsequently prevent the consequences.
So be aware of those around you, and be willing to step in when they need an extra pair of hands. You’ll lift them, and you’ll be lifted in return when you need a boost.
- Am I aware of those around me and notice when people are struggling?
- Do I proactively offer to help those who need it?
- Am I willing to say “Yes” when a friend, family member or colleague is truly in a bind?