If a Manager Asks You to Do Something That You Disagree With, What Would You Do?
Have you ever been in an awkward situation with a manager where they ask you to do something, but you know it’s not right? This happens all the time! Just because your manager is your superior does not mean that they are always going to have the best answers. In this article, you will learn what to do if a manager asks you to do something that you disagree with.
It’s great to trust your manager and listen to what they say, but that doesn’t mean you follow them blindly. In fact, a good manager will thrive on the support that the team offers when constructively challenging their decisions. This question is not designed to see whether you would do immoral or illegal activities for your manager. The intention is to judge your ability to react to a conflicting situation.
Whatever this manager is asking you to do, it is important that you express your concerns in a non-threatening way, and try to offer a solution that would make both parties happy.
How You Should Answer – Sample
“It depends entirely on what you are asking me to do. If you told me to do something that contradicts my moral beliefs, I would try my best to explain my feelings to you and then find a solution we both agree with. If I just disagreed with the way my manager was doing something, I would politely recommend an alternative way and explain its advantages. Regardless of the situation, I would take a closer look at what is being asked and figure out a solution to achieve the same results without contradicting my moral beliefs.”
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Notice that this person never told their manager NO (at least not yet). There is a much better way to go about this then just defying your boss. Make sure to propose a better solution if there is any. If you have laid out a better solution and your manager is still asking you to do things a certain way, then you should trust your superior and follow his or her instructions. At that point, they will be the ones held responsible if anything goes wrong.
However, if you are still being asked to do something immoral or illegal after you have explained that you are uncomfortable performing this act, it is time to take your concerns to HR. If your manager is out of line, it’s probably best that he/she gets reported anyway. You will be doing yourself and your future coworkers a favor.
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