Letter of Disagreement with Boss

A letter of disagreement with the boss is a letter that is written by an employee and is addressed to the boss of that employee. In this letter, the employee formally and politely reveals his dissent to the boss about a certain issue, rule, policy, strategy, etc.

Being humans, it is normal to differ in opinions. When employees are working, it is not always possible for them to agree with their boss. In addition, as the boss is usually sitting at the top while the employees are the people mainly handling the situations, the employees are better equipped to understand the probable effectiveness of the policies and actions.

The employee can write the letter of disagreement to the boss once a decision has been made, or after it has shown its effects. For instance, if a policy has proved to demotivate employees, the manager might decide to disagree with the boss’s decision in the form of a written letter.

The format and details in the letter of disagreement can vary as per the circumstances. However, the general format includes the following information:

  • Date.
  • Employee information.
  • Employer information.
  • Issue of disagreement.
  • The reason behind the disagreement.
  • Probably negative effects.
  • Request for cooperation and amendments.
  • Salutations and signature.

When writing this letter, it is very essential to maintain a polite tone instead of a condescending and blaming one. The employee should keep in mind that the addressee is his/her boss, so the letter needs to be written professionally and formally.

Sample Letter of Disagreement with Boss -1




Dear Mr. Samuel,

I am writing this letter to reveal my disagreement with your new policy of ‘no work from home’.

ABC Limited has always been a company that focuses on the completion of tasks and higher productivity, irrespective of the number of working hours and the place of work. Due to this flexibility, we have been able to grab many market experts, as it helps them in managing more than one job.

However, this new policy of strictly adhering to the office hours, and that too while being in the office building, is causing many issues. Many employees in my department are considering resigning. Knowing their capabilities and expertise, I do not want to lose them. I have even talked to the other departmental managers and found them facing the same issues.

I wanted to highlight this problem to you so that we do not lose our good team of experts to our competitors. As a manager, I disagree with this policy, as I believe, it is against our established culture of flexibility at ABC Limited.

I would be grateful to you if you reconsider this new policy and replace it with the old one that allowed flexibility.

Let me know if you need any information at [X]. Thank you in advance.


Sarah Wilson.

Letter of Disagreement with Boss

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Sample Letter -2

Dear Mr. Steven,

This letter is about the client meeting held on 2nd January 20XX regarding the ABC Project.

I highly disagree with the settled requirements of the deadline. I had prepared the Gantt chart thoroughly, to incorporate the probable delays, emergencies, slacks, miscommunication gaps, etc. On the other hand, the client’s timelines did not address these things. At this time, we are managing more than six projects, which might affect the timelines of one or the other. Considering all these factors, I prepared the Gantt chart, that I presented in the client meeting.

As you agreed with the client at that time, I stopped arguing after a while. However, I disagree with the required deadlines of the client. I do not want to disappoint and dissatisfy the client later, so it is better to negotiate the timelines at this moment.

I would be grateful to you if you communicate this to the client and make the required amendments. Let me know if you need any other information at [X].


Emily John.

Letter of Disagreement with Boss

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Sample Letter -3

Dear Ms. Jennifer,

This letter is being written to show my disagreement with the transfer of Mr. Johnson (Operations Head) to the other branch (XYZ) of ABC Limited.

I understand that the XYZ branch is suffering from high costs, and Mr. Johnson is the best person who can control and improve cost-effectiveness. However, our branch is also on the brink of losing its profits, and we need his expertise as well. I believe if he gets transferred, our cost management will be affected to a large extent.

I would be grateful to you, if you reconsider your decision of his transfer, and appoint another person for that branch’s cost management. Thank you in advance.

Regards, Jim Smith.

Letter of Disagreement with Boss

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