When is it OK to Say ‘No’ to Your Boss?

Saying ‘no’ to your boss may seem like the most impossible thing to do but insome instances a firm no is the best option. The main problem for most people is how you go about saying no, as this can affect the relationship you have with your boss.

Realistically there is no one size fits all answer for this as everyone has a different type of boss, some bosses are axe wielding and all powerful, whilst others are more willing to take time and listen to your input. For those axe wielding bosses it may not be easy to give a direct no but you can always convince them that a change of plan is their idea.

So when is it a good time to say ‘No’??


Your Boss Is Taking Advantage Of You.

In your career you will at some point come across long tedious working hours and end up with a workload that is in addition to your job description. Sadly that’s just life but if you are constantly going above and beyond the call of duty working long hours and taking on more work, then it might just be the right time to put your foot down and say no.

If you are clearly being taken advantage of then you need to set clear boundaries and make sure that it is understood what you are willing to do. If you are staying late, taking on more work and its becoming habitual and not because of an emergency or as expected within your job role. Then you need to set the boundaries and explain to your boss that it is not within your remit to do this and that you feel that it’s actually above and beyond the call of duty. Explain that you are willing to work for the greater good of the team but set out clear guidelines of what you are happy to do on a day to day basis and if this does not work it may be best to take it up with HR.


You’re Becoming An Errand Boy/Girl.

Unless you are a PA then doing your bosses errands is most probably not in your remit so this is a time you may want to say no. If you like going out to get a coffee or collecting laundry etc to break up the day then this is great but if not setting boundaries again is key. You must draw a line between what you are willing to do and aren’t willing to do. Again this may be difficult but if you broach the subject in a different way, for example; explain to your boss that by doing their errands you will be taken away from more important work which should take precedence and/or the fact you have deadlines.


When the Impossible Is Expected Of You

Sometimes the impossible is expected of you and this is usually when you’re on a tight deadline. This maybe the time to ask for help or say no and again an explanation to your boss is needed over a straight no. Explaining why it is unrealistic and that more time or extra help is needed is your best option, so long as you’re a team player and put in the work to show your boss how much you’ve done then it should be fine.


It’s NOT OK To Say No for No Reason

Saying no for no reason is a cardinal sin!! Just saying no because you don’t feel like it will get you on the first boot out the door, especially in these times where there are 40 people willing to take your place. If you say no to exercise authority or defy your boss it will most likely be treated as insubordination, so be mindful that you need to have good reason to say no.

Written by,

Richard Ward.

Social Media & Marketing Executive @LiptonFleming

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