Asking for more work
Most companies will have so much work that you will never run out of things to do. But there are times when you don’t have enough to do. In this situation, you should ask your manager to give you more work. 大多数公司都会有很多的工作，以至于你永远都不会无事可做，但有时你也没有足够的工作去做，在这种情况下，你应该让你的经理给你更多的工作。
“Hi Mark, I finished all my weekly duties already. Do you have more work I can do?” 你好，马克，我已经完成了我每周的工作任务了，你有更多的其他工作要我做吗?
“I’ve been completing my work early on a regular basis. Can I have more responsibilities?” 我已经超常完成了我的工作，我能有更多的工作做吗?
“I have a lot of extra time. I usually double check all my work, but that doesn’t take much time. Is there any additional work I can do?” 我有很多额外的时间，我通常会检查我所有的工作，但这并不需要太多时间，有什么其他的工作我可以做吗?
Although asking for more work is a good sign of being productive, there is actually something better. Instead of asking for more work, find the extra work without asking. After you find something to do, then tell your manager that you want to do the work. 尽管要求更多的工作是有成效的好迹象，但实际上有更好的事情。与其要求更多的工作，不如在不询问的情况下找到其他的工作。在你找到事情做之后，告诉你的经理你想做这项工作。
“I had extra time on my hands so I started investigating the network problem. If you don’t mind, I would like to work on this project to help the office productivity around here.” 我手上有额外的时间，所以我开始调查网络问题，如果你不介意的话，我想做这个项目从而来提升这里的办公室效率。
If you are a manager, would you want someone asking you what to do, or would you prefer a worker who found a problem and wants to fix it. I have had people ask me for more work and it is stressful trying to think of something. I am busy and don’t have that much time to find extra work. If a worker identifies more work to do, then I would appreciate it that much more. 如果你是一名经理，你会希望有人问你该做什么，或者你更喜欢一个发现问题并希望解决问题的员工。我曾经有人问过我更多的工作，而想这些事情很有压力的。我很忙，也没有那么多时间去找额外的工作，如果一个员工发现了更多的工作要做，那么我将会更加感激。
“I have been completing my work a day early every week. I know the reference material has been sitting there for some time. Would you like me to do that project, or did you want to assign another project to me?” 我每周都提前一天完成我的工作，我知道参考资料已经在那里有一段时间了，你想让我做那个项目吗？还是你想给我分配另一个项目?
Although having extra time to do more work is a good situation to be in, there might be times when you have too much work. Here are a couple of sentences to ask for help. 虽然有额外的时间做更多的工作是一个很好的情况，但有时你有太多的工作，这里有几句话可以寻求帮助。
“Hi Mark, the addition we made to the project made it difficult to complete by myself. If the deadline doesn’t change, I will need some help to complete it. Can you assign someone to help me out?” 你好，马克，我们对这个项目的增加让我很难独自完成，如果期限不变，我需要一些帮助来完成，你能派人来帮我吗?
“I have spent every minute on this project and have been putting in serious overtime. This project is a lot bigger than we anticipated. I am going to need some help to complete it on time. Do you have anyone available to help me?” 我每分钟都在这个项目上，并一直在认真加班，这个项目比我们预期的要大得多，我需要一些帮助来按时完成，你有什么人可以帮助我吗?
“The Alpha project has been eating so much of my time that I didn’t have much time to work on the Beta project. Is there anyone with extra bandwidth to help me finish the Beta project?” Alpha项目一直在消耗我太多的时间，以至于我没有多少时间去做Beta项目，有没有人有额外的时间来帮助我完成这个Beta项目?