How to Refuse to Do an Inappropriate Task for Your
These days, it's rare to find a
job free from the burden of office
politics. If the only problems you
encounter are with fellow employees,
count yourself among the lucky.
But if your boss asks you to do
an inappropriate task, you may need
1. Consider your response carefully,
and no matter what avenue you decide
to take, be tactful and polite.
2. Restate the obvious when your
boss asks you to do an inappropriate
task. For example, "You mean
you want me to do your personal
3. Declare your feelings. Tell your
boss you feel uncomfortable in this
situation and give him or her the
chance to make things right.
4. Find a way to imply that your
boss should perform the task personally.
For example, if you are asked to
shop for your boss' spouse, you
could say, "I know how much
my wife appreciates the effort I
put into picking out a gift for
5. Get others involved as a last
resort. Speak to your boss' superiors
or the human resource department,
if this option is available.
Keep in mind that if the nature
of the inappropriate task is sexual,
it's illegal. Seek professional
help immediately from a lawyer or
even the labor board.
Know your rights as an employee.
These rights include a safe working
environment, freedom from discrimination
and sexual harassment, and the right
to speak freely regarding illegal
or inappropriate behavior by your
Consider looking for another job.
An employer who would put you in
an awkward position obviously does
not respect you or your rights as
Don't anger your employer unless
you have other options available.
Your boss could make your work days
seriously uncomfortable or even
conjure up grounds to fire you.
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