Saying ‘No’ To Your Boss Made Easy (And Relatively Painless)

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.


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    • Lindsay Cross

      Your second tip, knowing your responsibilities, has been so important to me! I work in a small business and what’s asked of us can change pretty frequently. During one particularly difficult time when I had a ton of stuff piling up at once, I implemented a new part to my quarterly review with my boss. Before we sat down to talk about how things were going, I updated my job duties to show how my job has changed in the past three months. I include everything that’s done daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly. This way, both my boss and I have written down what I’m working on and what I’m responsible for. It’s really helped both of us, I think. Not everyone would need to do it quarterly, but I think once a year its important to communicate about how your job is changing and make sure that you and your boss agree.

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