Today at work, one of my coworkers asked me some of the financial information that I am previewed to, but I’m not allowed to disclose. I could have easily dismissed the request because I am not able to open that information – but I didn’t supply them with the information either (since I don’t have the authority to reveal this information).
I commended her curiosity and her willingness to grow within our company. It’s easy for someone in a position of power to dismiss, disregard, and even neglect the requests of those “below” them. There are many issues with the corporate ladder and that’s why I believe it’s continually evolving.
One of the reasons I am able to be in the position that I am today is that I’m constantly asking questions. I ask questions that don’t pertain directly to my tasks, but I’m always seeking more knowledge and information. I’m not trying to brag, but when you display a willingness to learn, others will recognize you for it… Of course, not everyone will recognize it, but someone will.
With that said, you need the correct motivation and you need to be very careful with how you ask your questions. Phrasing can make or break your request. Let’s see two radical examples:
- Is there any way I can be previewed to profit margins? I realize I may not be privileged to this information, but I would like to continue the growth in our company and I think it will significantly assist me to understand where our company stands and analyze what weaknesses we can grow.
- Can I see how much our company makes? I do so much work and I’m not getting compensated my fair share.
No one in their right mind will arrogantly declare the second scenario, but this example should give you a sense of how important it is to phrase things. It is important to ask questions because it expresses interest. You should continually foster exploration in your company.