Posted in Career Best Practices
It's finally happened.
While you typically get along just fine with people at work, it's different this time. You and your boss just aren't seeing eye-to-eye on an important issue – and it's creating real problems at work.
Should you quit? Stomp around and pitch a fit? Just suck it up and bury your frustration?
Well, you could, but these aren't necessarily the best moves for your career. If you want to be respected and get ahead in your industry, you need to learn how to speak your mind professionally. Use these tips to address concerns with your boss appropriately:
- Don't let things fester.
If you have a major issue with your supervisor, bring it to their attention early – before irreparable damage is done to your business relationship.
- Get the timing right.
Don't blindside or corner your boss; keep in mind that they are busy dealing with other important work issues. Approach them at a time they're in a decent frame of mind. Tell them you'd like to discuss a significant issue with them, and then ask when would be a good time to speak.
- Stay calm.
When you head into your meeting, resolve to maintain your composure. Even if you're frustrated with your boss, it's essential to remain open-minded and focused on developing a solution.
- Be specific.
Complaining about vague issues (e.g., "I don't think you like me") only makes you appear like a whiner. Instead, come to the conversation prepared with specific examples – and how those examples impact your work. By being honest, respectful and sticking to the facts, you set the stage for a constructive discussion.
- Own the problem.
Be prepared for your boss to react negatively, and saying something like: "What do you want me to do about it?" Explain your side of the situation, and acknowledge that the problem is yours to solve (i.e., don't try to dump the problem on your boss' lap). Then, ask your boss for help in brainstorming potential solutions. When you approach your boss asking for insight, wisdom and advice, you minimize the potential for defensiveness.
- Document your discussion.
Once the meeting is over, create a written record of what happened. Careful documentation will prove valuable if things don't get better, and you decide to pursue the matter with HR or another supervisor.
Stuck with a bad boss?
Then apply with PrideStaff. With employment agencies located across the country, we can find a new (better!) boss for you. Search a wide range of temporary and direct hire jobs in your area, or contact your local PrideStaff office to apply. We'll help ensure that your next manager – and your next job opportunity – is a great one!