How to politely reject the additional task from your boss?

China
January 13, 2009 2:55am CST
Hi, everyone, I think it is difficult to me to reject my boss's additional task. Actually, my job is so hard, but most of times, my boss ask me to do something additional which is the talk of our company's clerk, but he is the boss, I can not reject to do it. I always tell him I am busy with my job, but the second time, he also behave like this, seems he has forgotten what I said. I am so sorry. So, all friends here, could you give me some good advice to politely reject my boss?
6 responses
@twinklee (895)
• India
13 Jan 09
HI, it is really a critical position, if you start accepting all the additional offer, you will be made to carry all the extra works in the future, if you deny, you may lose your hold..! One pretty way of avoiding this is, you have to make a smooth relation with your boss, be humorous and just be practical and avoid with cool statement. Just take it as a fun, and ask him for this deal "EXTRA WORK, EXTRA PAYMENT " somewhat in a funny way. Iam not able to express that manner actually, just like a three year kid asking chocolate bars , hope you get my point.If he is very strict, you mean that it was a joke. You keep yourself pre-occupied with work, and pose infront of him, as if you don't have time even to wink your eyes, When ever he is free, move to his desk and ask suggestions "how to manage time casually, like you say to him this way "Sir, iam really carried away by your time management, i have many works, i manage time fairly though, but i feel you deserve to the title, MR.TIME MANAGER,please tell me few tips," this way you pretend to show that you are busy and also develop smooth relation with him, friendly too! And my friend, in any situation, don't try to raise your voice, you be frank and express your situation to him, if he is giving more pressure even after explaining, try to adjust and enjoy that work.. Take care :) Hope my points helped you a little bit
• China
14 Jan 09
Hi, dear twinklee, seems you are so humorous. "EXTRA WORK, EXTRA PAYMENT", I might adopt it. Oh, I see, I get your general ideas. Hehe.... From your words, I know that we should be loyal to your boss, right! I see, that's also our work attitude, so do not worry about it, I also have good attitude on my any job. Thanks again and again, like you! Well, whether we could be friends?
@twinklee (895)
• India
14 Jan 09
[b][i]Hi, my FRIEND, am humorous indeed, i have adopted this character and find it useful in many ways, while some one is giving me a NOSE-CUT, Just enjoy your work , And one more point always stay along with a group, And ofcourse, Iam your FRIEND [/i][/b]
• Malaysia
13 Jan 09
It's very hard to reject someone especially if that someone is your boss who can decide your 'existence' in the company. That's why I'm normally pretty close with my direct bosses especially those who I report to directly or have to communicate with everyday. But when it comes to actual work and assignment, I will need to be honest. Of course I will never give a direct NO to the bosses since it's not a good way. Bosses do not like employees who do not want to do things that have been assigned to him. They prefer people who are flexible enough and can help out as much as possible, even if it is outside their job scope. That is why I will always look at my current tasks. If there are more tasks that I can handle, I will ask the boss which one has the highest priority and sort it properly. Then I will show the boss if the ordering of the completion date is okay. It also shows him how much I currently have. If I really think I can't do it, then I will tell him honestly and maybe get someone else to do it. No point taking over all the assignments when I know I cannot finish those assignments. Some of the assignments can be critical and I don't think I want to be in a situation where those critical assignments cannot be completed on time. Better to warn the bosses so that he has the right expectations.
• China
14 Jan 09
Well, thanks very much. "Just be honest to your boss", I think it is better. Yes, direct "No" is nobody like that answer, especially for our boss.
@marisriel (1157)
• Philippines
13 Jan 09
This is also one thing I am weak at. Actually, it's the very reason why I resigned from my latest job in an international company. I don't know how to say no to my boss. I just accept and accept tasks that I was already buried and burned out. Although I did not regret my decision, I think that I might have gotten a promotion when I had been strong enough to say no because I still have tasks that were unfinished and focused on. My suggestion is, although it's better saying it than doing it, I know, is that just tell your boss honestly that you still have things to do and be firm with it. It's okay to remind him as he's a boss and he's too busy remembering things. Suggest also to delegate some things to other employees if he can because what you are doing is for your boss' good also.
• China
13 Jan 09
Hi, thanks for your suggestion. Like your said,my attitude must be firm, the boss is also a good guy, I think he can understand me, and accept my reply. Thanks again. Good Luck!
• China
14 Jan 09
As one coin has twos sides,the additional task may be the chance for your promotion.And,I think you should help the boss to do something,if you have enough times,because diligent guys are welcomed anywhere.If you think the addtional task had influced your lives in sparetime,the best way is to leave rapidly after work,^_^.
@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
14 Jan 09
hello bluerainhong, In my own opinion, I don't think we as subordinates have no right to reject our boss if he/she is telling us to do an additional work load. For if we do that, and time for review every year end he/she will take that against us. And that affects our performance. This means that our increase for that year will also be affected. She/he might give us a minimal increase or worst no increase at all. We don't have a choice except to accept it. Just do your best to finish what you can do as fast as possible. Maybe she/he is thinking that you can do better than the others, that's why. Or maybe your boss is challenging you if you can do a lot of responsibilities that she/he is planning for your promotion. Whatever on her/his mind, she/he's the only one who knows about it. Just accept it and do it one at a time. You can do it in no time.
• Italy
13 Jan 09
I will tell you how I do it. It doesn't work always, but it helps quite a lot. Every time that your boss calls you, and you sense that he is planning to give you something more to do, say something like" Oh, ..Boss, I ws just thinking to call you and talk to you about that project ( the last very urgent thing that he asked you to do), and I met this and this problems, and I am at this point..Unfortunately I still have to do..( a long list of what you still have to do). The if you have managed to say that before he interrupts you, you say..so what did you want to ask me about. Usually at this point my boss is too distracted to think about what I have just told him, that he would just mention the new project, and say " do it as soon as you have time" . That's quite ok for me