HPA NEWSLETTER – January, 2017

“Asking for help does not mean that we are weak or incompetent. It usually indicates an advanced level of honesty and intelligence.”

– Anne Wilson Schaef

Four Times You Need to Suck it Up and Ask for Help at Work

BY Kat Boogaard

I get it—there are some people out there who would rather stroll into work completely naked than suck up their pride and ask for help. For some reasons, many of us perceive a request for assistance as a sign of weakness, when—in reality—I think it’s actually a sign of great strength. Hey, it means you’re self-aware and self-assured enough to know when it’s time to call in some reinforcements.

But, that doesn’t necessarily mean that asking for help is easy. Nope, approaching someone in your office to ask him or her to lend a hand can actually be pretty anxiety-inducing.

So, here are four instances when it’s definitely time for you to bite the bullet and ask—along with a suggestion for what to say in each scenario. Because the last thing you want to do is muster up your courage only to stammer your way through a rambling and unclear request

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How to Ask For Help (and Actually Get It)


I used to work for this company that had one of those infamous open-door policies.

Our office manager told the administrative team that we could come to her for any and all problems we were having. Except, no one ever did. This seems to be the fate of many open-door policies.

It’s not like this problem doesn’t exist in other parts of our lives, we have trouble asking for help a lot. Why is that? Why do we all have such trouble asking one another for help and how can we get over this?

First, let’s define what help is. Help is when you make it easier for (someone) to do something by offering one’s services or resources. In order to get it, we have to seek it. There’s no way around that part of it and that’s where all the problems start.

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Tangled Swans Ask For a Little Help

Two tangled swans in Russia realize they’re not getting out of their mess without a little help. Two kind passerby’s stop to untangle their wings. As human performance professionals, we can learn a big lesson from these beautiful birds.

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What is “Human Performance”

In this video, Tim Autrey develops a simple definition for Human Performance: “Why we do what we do the way we do it.” By identifying the specific elements inherent within this definition, this video lays the foundation for taking any performance improvement effort to its next level. If you need help in reducing errors, achieving and sustaining next level performance- it’s OK to ask for help!

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Upcoming Human Performance Events

AWEA Operations & Maintenance and Safety Conference

 HPA Charter Member Stacey Hefner will present “Doing the right thing (when no one is watching)”

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HU Academy PPC Certification

Practicing Perfection Institute will host its signature PPC Certification Training in Raleigh, NC.

April 3-8, 2017

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American Fuels & Petrochemical Manufacturers Association

National Occupational & Process Safety Conference 

May 17-18, 2017

HPA Executive Director, Tim Autrey will present keynote speech titled “Next-Generation Performance in Fuels and Petrochemical Manufacturing”

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