Keep in mind the difference between unrealistic vs just difficult. Setting high expectations and pushing to reach those goals is normal. The line begins to blur when the demand is something you are uncomfortable or unable to complete with normal or additional effort. An unreasonable demand is also any demand that would have a negative effect on you or others around you.
Saying ‘yes’ to your employer for an unreasonable request takes away the power you have to negotiate. Try to resist the urge to explain why it is unreasonable or what it will take to complete the task. The employer may say your only giving excuses. Instead, offer than an alternative option that seems fair.
While these situations can be difficult, if you navigate them well, you will maintain your dignity, self-respect and at the same time, earn the additional respect of your colleagues and/or boss.
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