How to Turn Down a Job Promotion

Sometimes a promotion is not what you are hoping for. Learn the 3 easy ways to properly turn down a promotion without sabotaging your job.

Richie Frieman
5-minute read
Episode #166

Tip #3 – It’s Your Future, Choose Wisely

In the 2 earlier tips, the end result is always about how the promotion would affect your personal life - both good and bad. But another thing to consider is how it will affect your life at the company.

When offered a new job, you have to ask your employer what the status of the company is going to be in 5 or 10 years and where you fit in.  I know that they may not have the answer but they should have a general idea – enough to know where you will stand in the future.

If your employer can’t properly identify where you will be down the road, sadly that is a red flag and you should let them know it. “As much as I greatly appreciate this job offer, I am not sure that I feel comfortable not knowing where my career is heading. Can we talk more about this in a few months, once you are more settled on the overall plan?”

Too blunt? Too aggressive? No, not at all. After all, you don’t want to take a new job, move away, change your lifestyle, stay locked up in an office for 80 hours a week, only to find yourself high and dry 3 months later.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s very hard to turn down a job promotion in this economy - or in general - but if you handle it properly, showing full respect for your boss and the offer itself, both you and the boss will feel much better about your decision.

Do you have a great story about how you handled turning down a job promotion? Post all the details in Comments below.  As always, if you have another manners question, I look forward to hearing from you at manners@quickanddirtytips.com. Check out my Modern Manners Guy Facebook page, follow me on Twitter @MannersQDT, and of course, check back next week for more Modern Manners Guy tips.

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Richie Frieman