When you work in an organization, you are bound to face situations where you do not agree to what your boss says. While a healthy discussion is a common scenario in all organizations to discuss an important issue, there might be cases where you entirely disagree with the final decision of your boss. What do you do? You are disagreeing to someone who has hired you and who has the power to fire you as well. Do you remain silent for the fear of losing your job or do you think of putting forward your viewpoint and disagree to your boss’s viewpoint? Well, the latter option is always the better option. You should be able to speak out your mind, instead of working on something half-heartedly. But, there is way to handle the situation in a better way. Lets us know here how…
Tips to Disagree with your Boss
- Look for the correct moment: Disagreeing to something at the heat of the moment is dangerous. Instead, wait for the right moment. Maybe you can talk with your boss after the meeting is over or you can fix up an appointment to discuss the issue. You can also opt for personal chats to discuss things, provided you have done that earlier.
- Don’t wait for too long: While it is necessary to look for the right time and moment to disagree with your boss, don’t delay it much. Don’t wait until the last minute so that there is no time to make any changes.
- Try to understand your boss’s motivation: Before taking the plunge on disagreeing on something, try to understand the other side of the story. You may not know what’s behind the decision or action taken by your boss that you are disagreeing with. So, you should have a good set of questions to ask your boss when you start to oppose his view or stand. Asking questions to your boss is an excellent way to make it clear that you are looking for a collective discussion, rather than storming in and throwing off your views.
- Be clear about your own idea: When you oppose your boss, you must also be clear with the idea that you have in your mind. Present your idea or viewpoint in such a way that you can convince your boss and let him or her come to a conclusion that is favorable to the company and to you as well. Remember, you are opposing your boss’s views for the betterment of your organization and not for any personal benefits.
- Be positive and concentrate on results: Any good boss will give priority to the success of his company, and not his ego. So, with a positive frame of mind, you should be able to adequately outline the positive outcomes of your opinion or idea.
- Be prepared to lose and respect the final decision: There is every chance that nothing will change. Your boss will listen to you but won’t change his mind and stick to his decision. There is nothing wrong in it and you have to be mentally prepared for that possibility. In the end, your boss has the final say and you need to respect that.
- Be prepared to leave: Last but not the least, if you find yourself in a situation where your boss and you can’t see eye-to-eye and your boss ignores you or do not respond to your feedback, then it is time for you to look for a change of job. In the worst case, when you disagree with your boss, you must also be prepared to leave your job.
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