How to Ask for Resources in a Corporate Setting

Requesting resources from your manager might seem overwhelming, especially if you're unsure of the process. However, by approaching it with the right attitude, seeking assistance can become a positive and empowering experience.

Here’s a quick guide to help you ask for the resources:

Data is the Key

To boost your chances of success, vividly illustrate why and how the resources will elevate the project. Utilizing data in this endeavor can be highly advantageous; by crunching numbers to determine the expenses per task or project and the time investments involved. Considering the work percentage and actual hours dedicated to a project significantly aids in illuminating how your time is allocated. This approach not only showcases the need for supplementary resources more effectively but also motivates the management team to invest further.

Also, consider using the right solution to enable you to have the right data at hand. For example, at Blue Onion, our proprietary data engine streamlines and automatically reconciles all transaction data to its bank payouts for the accounting and finance team, so they can focus on strategic initiatives instead of manual data processing work. 

Consider the Industry Standard

By exploring industry benchmarks and envisioning the future of your project, you set a clear benchmark for the resources that best fit your needs. This paves the way for smoother buy-ins, boosting your odds of securing resources to drive success for both you and the company. Establishing a strong baseline is key!

Solutions vs. Just Making Asks

The best way to make your request is to come prepared with a solution. Present how those resources or recommendations can improve productivity and benefit the company, and make sure you have evidence to back up your assertions. Doing this shows that you recognize the company's priorities and needs. It communicates that you are invested in improving your work and the team's overall efficiency.

Remember, it's a Conversation

Approaching discussions with an open mind sets the stage for trust and understanding, paving the way for productive conversations. By ditching preconceived notions, you create a space for your manager to share insights and solutions. This open mindset unlocks the door to top-notch resources for your project or proposal.

Embracing a growth mindset means welcoming feedback graciously. Handling constructive criticism with grace showcases your trustworthiness, reliability, and adeptness in navigating tough dialogues.

Know When to Make the Request

Understanding the right moment and context to present your request is crucial. Always consider ongoing projects and deadlines that take precedence. This ensures you pick the most appropriate time and setting to make your ask.

Although displaying vulnerability at work poses challenges, it plays a significant role in fostering a positive work environment. Being transparent with your manager fosters trust and strengthens your relationship. It helps them grasp your resource needs better and increases their willingness to support you.

* While we are a team of former accountants, we are not in the business of providing professional services. The information presented is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional accounting, tax, or legal advice. We recommend that you consult with a qualified accountant, tax advisor, or lawyer who is familiar with the specific needs and nuances of your business.

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