Have you ever found yourself in the middle of an activity at work that you really wished you hadn't agreed to? Maybe you ended up joining the company softball team, even though you hate sports and are embarrassed by your inability to throw in a straight line.
Perhaps you became the organizer of all of the office birthday parties, because no one else would do it. Or, maybe you picked up the slack yet again, and ended up staying late for a colleague who begged you to help him to finish a project at the last minute.
We've all been there. And, let's be real: There definitely will be times when you have to do things at work that you would rather not. However, if you find yourself in this position more than you would like simply because you don't want to let other people down, then you could be a people pleaser.
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And it may not seem like a big deal in the short term. But in the long-term, the cons far outweigh the pros. Accommodating others too much can result in feeling overwhelmed (because you've taken on too many commitments), resentful (because of the inherent imbalances in the relationship), and stifled (because you're constantly ignoring your own needs in a quest to be liked).