Saying ‘no’ to your boss is never easy. You don’t want to come off lazy or insubordinate. But sometimes life throws you a curve ball, and you have no choice but to say ‘no’ in certain situations. Maybe you can’t drop your life to fly off to Michigan for a conference at a moment’s notice. Maybe you’re unavailable to be on-call on Saturdays because that’s your one day a week with your kids.
Unfortunately, there will be times in your life that you will have to say ‘no’ to your boss. It will take implementing boundaries, communication and of course, practice. But if you do it the right way, you can prove your dedication to the company without stepping on his or her toes, or sabotaging your career.