My boss expects me to know everything our office does- even things that aren’t my job. I’m happy to learn, but she isn’t easy to talk to and I don’t want her to think I’m stupid.
Better to ask than to do something wrong. Your boss will probably be impressed that you want to be accurate. If she’s really scary, though, maybe you can get help from someone else in the office first.
I’m expected to know what not to chew, but I sometimes check, and it’s always appreciated.
Help Yourself by Helping Others
Many of us find it difficult to ask for help – sometimes because we don’t want to admit ignorance, or maybe we don’t want to bother another person. Here’s what to do the next time you face a big question mark:
Remind yourself that there are a few things you do know, and that ignorance in other things is normal. Note that most people had to learn whatever it is at some time, too. Next, think back to a time when someone asked you for help. Remember how that felt? Were you annoyed at being asked, or flattered that someone thought you had knowledge to share? People like to be asked – it gives them a chance to help, or show off, or feel important, and how nice of you to give that gift. So- help yourself!