How to Talk to Your Boss About Anything

If you’re like most people, there is no more terrifying conversation than to talk to your boss.

Why is it every interaction is laden with landmines?

Perhaps it’s because you can’t entirely escape the feeling that one wrong move will cost you your job.

The problem is, there’s a lot of unwritten rules regarding these kinds of conversations.

The good news? Once you figure out the basics, you’ll be able to talk to your boss about anything.

DO:

Request an Appointment…Sometimes

Not every boss is the same, so while some don’t mind you just dropping by their office, others might appreciate you plan a meeting to talk.

Respect their personal preferences in setting up a time to talk.

Forget the Small Talk

Your boss has a limited number of hours in the day.

Respect their time by dropping the long lead into the problem or question you have.

Just get on with the reason you’re there.

Offer Opinions
In theory, you’re working with this person because you bring something to the table.

Don’t be a yes-man, but instead be sure to speak up when you have something to contribute to the discussion.

Build Rapport

Take the time to build a relationship with your boss, and you’ll find they’re more willing to give you time when you need it.

The best way to do this? Communicate often. Set up regular meetings to provide progress reports and let them know when issues come up.

DON’T:

Beat Around the Bush
Nothing is worse than wasting your boss’ time with a lot of details or facts they don’t need.
The quicker you get to the point of this conversation, the happier everyone will be.

Hide What’s Going On

If you’ve made a mistake, the worst thing you can do is hide it or try to foist the blame on someone else.

Be honest about what happened. Being transparent keeps the lines of communication open and builds respect.

Correct Your Boss

At least don’t correct them in front of others.

On the other hand, if you do see something of concern, it’s absolutely appropriate to discuss the matter with them in private.

Let Your Emotions Get Away from You

Stuff going wrong?

The last thing you should do is take it out on your boss. No one at work wants to be invited to your pity party, or have you coming down like a ton of bricks.

Instead, take some time to step away and regain control of yourself. Or vent to a trusted friend, not to your boss.

Talking to your boss is really more straightforward than you think. The main key is to remain professional.

By following these tips, you’ll not only be putting your best foot forward, but you’ll also be showing them you’re a person worth listening to.

When you reach that point, you truly will be able to talk to your boss about anything.

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