If your employer asks something unreasonable of you, it is important not to just agree to do whatever it is he or she asking you to do in order to please him or her or out of fear of looking lazy or incompetent. Instead, you should take the time to consider what it is that makes your boss’ request unreasonable in your eyes before giving your response.
When an employer asks something unreasonable
For example, if your boss asks you to meet a seemingly impossible deadline on top of an already extensive workload, you could, rather than refusing to do the work, ask whether it is possible to extend the deadline on this or perhaps another not quite so important project you are already working on.
If what you are being asked to do lies slightly out of your field of experience, your employer may not actually be unreasonable, but may actually be trying to expand your experience, and subsequently help you in your career, by getting you to push your limits. In this case, you should explain your concerns and ask for guidance or assistance in performing the requested task in order to get it right.
If, on the other hand, your employer asks something unreasonable that could put you at risk of having a work accident, such as working with inadequate or defective tools, carrying out a potentially dangerous job for which you have not been trained, or working in an unsafe environment without adequate personal protective equipment, for instance, you should refuse, preferably in writing, and giving your reasons for the refusal.
Duty of care
Your employer’s duty of care towards you legally binds them to take all necessary precautions to prevent you being injured by accidents at work or developing work or stress-related illnesses. If your employer asks something unreasonable and you are subsequently injured at work or made ill by excessive stress, for instance, you could be entitled to make a work injury claim against them.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice