Disagreements happen all the time…but some good can come out of it!
In fact as a manager, don’t we want some employees that will challenge us? It’s from these types of employees that we actually get better ideas and solve more problems. It can actually create better relationships and foster personal growth and development.
But in order for the positives to come out of this, your office must create a culture which supports diverse opinions and an individual’s point of view.
When you support a culture like this, you will find you have employees that are more engaged, involved, and they will offer up their ideas more often because they believe that their company is interested in their skills and abilities.
All managers have very different management styles and it’s important for an employee to know their boss’s style before considering how to approach them.
There are certain measures employees can take to assure they can disagree with their manager and have good results.
- There must be a good relationship. In order to disagree with your boss, to discuss and support their decisions, there needs to be a rapport.
- Always be straightforward, even if you want to find others who support your position, when you are upfront it gives the feeling of trustworthiness.
- You never want disagreements to be personal in nature. Keep any disagreements in the best interests of the team.
- When team members use their manager as their mentor this also creates a relationship where they can learn from their bosses and are able to discuss issues.
- Employees should not go over their manager’s head to make their point about an issue. You never want your boss to be blindsided with an issue.
- When employees are good communicators they could explain their point with clear reasoning and validation. Telling their managers how they “think” or “feel” also helps the situation.
These tips can help all good employees through a disagreement with your boss.
They just might help all employees become the employee that management wants!
What do you do when management and team members don’t agree?
Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC and author of "The 3x5 Coach: A Practical Guide to Coaching Your Team for Greater Results and Happier People", which is now available in Paperback or a Kindle version at https://tinyurl.com/y8ecykfy