If you have a problem at work and need to see your boss about it, there are a few things to keep in mind to increase your chances of having a constructive meeting. First, raise the issue with your supervisor as soon as possible, while there is still time to do something about it and there are still different options on the table.
Here are the steps to take.
Prepare the ground
The worst thing to do is barge into your supervisor’s office and dump the problem in their lap. Alert them you need to discuss an issue that has come up and set up a time to meet. No one likes to be caught off guard, especially with bad news.
Be aware of your supervisor’s situation
If your supervisor has a full plate and is struggling with their own agenda, it may not be a good time to spring another problem on them. Try to get a sense of their situation and mood before bringing the issue up.
Be honest. Don’t attempt to downplay a mistake or gloss over troublesome details. To deal effectively with a problem, be clear and realistic about what you are facing.
Also, take responsibility for solving it. You are going to your supervisor for advice and suggestions on how to tackle the problem, not solve it for you.
Keep an open mind
You may not like what you hear. Getting the unvarnished truth may sometimes be a little painful. But you must be open-minded and willing to learn, to realize you don’t have all the answers. That is why you are going to your supervisor – to learn from someone with more knowledge and experience. Check your hubris at the door.
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