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Navigating Differences with Dignity: A Guide to Disagreeing with Poise

You respect your boss. At the same time, you want your manager to respect you. There can be instances where you and your superior will disagree with one another. If you know how to navigate your differences with dignity, you and your boss can find common ground. And together, you'll be able to move through your disagreement with poise and composure. Now, let's look at five things that you can do to navigate your differences with your boss.

1. Pick Your Battles

If you are dealing with a major problem that affects your work performance and will do so moving forward, approach your manager about it. On the other hand, if you can find a solution to a small work problem on your own, do so. Or, you can engage with your peers to identify a solution to a minor work issue.

2. Choose the Right Time and Place to Discuss Your Problem

Don't let differences with your boss linger for a long time. If there are differences that you want to discuss with your boss, set up a date and time to talk about them. Let your manager know that you would like to meet. Ideally, you'll be able to meet face-to-face. If you work virtually or cannot meet in person, schedule a discussion over video chat or phone.

3. Offer a Solution

Rather than complain about a problem, bring a solution to the table. Tell your manager about the problem you are facing, then offer a way to resolve the problem. Your boss may agree with your solution. If not, you and your manager can brainstorm alternatives.

4. Maintain a Positive Attitude

Resist the urge to blame yourself or anyone else for your problem. Be positive, and focus on learning from the issue and working with your boss to resolve it. If you recommend a solution that your superior does not approve, be open to alternatives. And if you don't agree with an alternative that your manager proposes, let him or her know, but be respectful when you do.

5. Accept the Final Result

Keep in mind that there is only so much that you and your manager can do to resolve your differences. If you and your boss cannot come to terms on a solution, continue to control what you can control. You can do your best at your job, day after day. In addition, you can master harmony between work and life. You can explore new job opportunities as well.

The Bottom Line on Navigating Differences with Dignity

You and your boss will not necessarily agree on everything — and that's OK. When you and your manager disagree, navigate your differences with dignity. When you do, you are in a great position to find a solution that meets your needs and those of your superior. Finally, if you are ready to find a new job, the team at Ascend Staffing can help you out. We make it easy to explore full-time and temporary roles in many industries. Check out our job board today.

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