The Cost of Being Indecisive at Work

The Cost of Being Indecisive at Work

The Cost of Being Indecisive at Work

It is not surprising knowing that the current workplace climate is rapid, demanding, and more fast-paced than ever. In the smallest roles at work, one has to make some impossible decisions in a limited period. The cost of indecision in general life weighs on all of us, but that at our workplace can define our adequacy and competency in our careers. The average adult in today’s world makes about 35,000 decisions a day! In such a scenario, it’s not uncommon for everybody to feel a little decision-making fatigue. Many people feel that indecision stems from people most unsure and least self-aware of themselves. And this affects not only their personal lives and identities but also their performance at their workplace!

Indecision Hides Your Expertise

You have a lot of talent and knowledge, that is why you beat so many people to get that position in the first place. There are no personal indicators to your knowledge or abilities of your job whenever you make a wrong decision. It is reflective of your inability to maybe think straight sometimes when you’re exhausted or fatigued. But this can be perceived by your colleagues and/or boss as a lack of expertise from you, and it masks the underlying capabilities and expertise you have. 

Indecision Portrays a Lack of Impulsivity

Sometimes in a hectic day working job, you have to make several decisions within a matter of minutes. This might not give you the space to be your most creative self or function your true instincts a lot. So you make a hasty decision but it doesn’t pan out very well. Understandably, you didn’t have a lot of time and were deciding under immense pressure. But to your co-workers or boss, it seems that you cannot be impulsive or creative on spot. Based on one incident, this veil of non-truth can haunt your image in the creative space a lot. 

Indecision Prohibits Flow of Work

People probably recognize this at the earliest age in their lives - in the school itself. When making a project or doing an important assignment, decisions as little as which color to use or which type of paper to use can be daunting to some children. And if not taught early on, this can go on till they become adults and start working. Indecision comes in between the flow of work and takes the flow into some other space. It meddles with your brain and now you have forgotten the amazing things you had planned for your project or work. Work can have so many dimensions to it, that sometimes it becomes tough to compartmentalize different aspects of the job, resulting in a mixed-up workflow. 

Indecision Curbs Leadership Opportunities

They say one of the only prerequisites a good leader must have is the ability to decision-making in the most pressured ways and the most limited amount of time. If an average adult makes 35,000 decisions in a day, a leader makes probably double that. That’s how much leadership relies on decision-making. Because once one is in that position, leaders are not making decisions just for their work, but for an entire unit of people and business. Therefore, decision-making turns into one of the most important skill sets of instincts that pushes somebody towards their career growth in leadership positions. And indecision is most likely going to keep a person from reaching the most important levels of workplace goals.

Indecision has many other costs at your work, and they only develop into bigger things that could have been avoided. If you are one of such people who cannot make on-spot decisions, work on it and try to make better decisions. It will go a long way and save you many costs at your work.

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