Let’s face it, our bosses have authority over us. How many times have you done something you dislike because your boss told you so? How many times have you crossed the line and did something your values questioned? Remember, that you have the right to say no. But have you ever said no to your boss? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not sending you to anarchy school here. Instead, you should know that not everything that your boss wants you to do should be done without much thought.
When to Question Orders
I’ve faced numerous instances when I have to choose between following my own values or just blindly execute instructions from my superiors. In all instances, I chose what I valued. There were times when I got in trouble and there were times when things work out for the better. But in the end, it is you who will make that decision. So what are the instances where you should question what your superior is asking you to do?
- When people might get hurt
- When you know it is morally wrong
- When it is illegal
- When it violates your spiritual/religious beliefs
- When it violates the corporate rulebook
- When it contradicts with previous decisions or directives
There are other instances when you should stop first and contemplate on your actions. But the list above provides the general theme. Furthermore, one must clearly delineate what you think falls in the list and those that you just do not like doing. I’ve done things that I know are right but hate doing it anyway. For such instances, disobeying is just the fast route to an insubordination case.
The Proper Mindset
When employees are given a task their capabilities are being utilized by the company. However, when one does a job half-heartedly, both the employee and the company suffer. But before lashing out and saying no to your boss, consider the following first:
- Say no to improve the current system and not just to get out of the task
- Consider the implications of not following the instructions – who will be affected and how many will have a more difficult time
- Think about why your boss wants you to do the task
- Are you willing to talk to your superior about your concerns and issues?
The Proper Approach
Before anything else, remember that your boss still outranks you. Moreover, you must extend as much respect as you can to the person. They are there for a reason and that reason may not be clear to you. But the fact is, your boss is there. Approaching your boss properly is imperative. Here are ways you can say no without getting fired.
- Provide adequate data
- Be polite and non-confrontational
- Organize your thoughts and your information
- Highlight the cause and effects
- Provide viable alternatives and emphasize their advantages
We may never fully understand the decisions of our superiors as they are privy to information we may not know. However, this does not mean you simply say yes to everything that is dished out on you. Companies need people who can provide useful information and viable alternatives. When there is enough reason to say no, you have the obligation to air out your concern.
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