How To Disagree With Your Boss and Not Get Fired

Let's face it, you're bound to disagree with a colleague at some point in your career. You won't always agree with the choices and decisions in the workplace. But when that person is your boss, it can get a bit tricky. How do you disagree with your boss without being condescending, disrespectful, and getting fired? Well, there's definitely a way.

The first thing to point out is that there's nothing wrong with having a disagreement with your boss. Just because they are your boss, it doesn't mean that they have the right answers to everything. That's why they have a team. You may not know it, but bosses rely on their team to keep them in check. They need you to let them know if something doesn't make sense or if they are overlooking a key ingredient that you have more insight to.

Your boss will appreciate knowing that you aren't a "Yes" person, and that you're capable of professionally vocalizing your opinion.

So how do you disagree with your boss and not get fired? 

Schedule a Meeting
Blurting out in front of several others that you don't agree with your boss' decision is a huge no no. Take a moment to schedule a meeting where you can speak directly with your supervisor.

Start Positive
It may not be wise to go straight in blabbing off the negatives. Start on a positive note. Take time to point out the positives before immediately diving into what you feel is wrong. Once you've describe the positives, you can smoothly segue into how whatever you're disagreeing on could be an issue.

Ask Questions
Maybe you disagree because there are some components that weren't made very clear. But by asking questions, it shows that you truly care and take a genuine interest in wanting to understand. This may help ease your discomfort and you may no longer disagree.

Explain Why You Disagree
You can't disagree without having hard reasoning for why. Provide a clear explanation for why you disagree. Be careful, however, that you aren't speaking down to your supervisor. Remove your personal feelings from the situation, and provide evidence that your disagreeing is coming from a good place.

Provide Alternatives
Naturally, if you're going to disagree you will need to provide an alternative action. There's nothing worse than telling your boss you disagree and having nothing in response when asked, "So what do you think we should do instead?" Be prepared and have a follow up to this question.

Respect The Final Call
At the end of the day, it's your boss. So all final decisions are left to them. Whatever the decision may be, whether you agree or not, you have to respect it. Feel pleased to know that you at least stated your concerns and presented them professionally. In the future, it may leave your supervisor to feel comfortable with seeking your advice on a tough call.

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