YES AND NO ANSWERS TO DIFFERENT WORK SCENARIOS BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR BOSS
You may have had to deal with the awkwardness of talking to your boss given the following questions that potentially have both affirmative and negative responses.
Will you speak up when your performance review rating is low?
YEP you should. Majority of us will never think our work performance is bad. In your opinion you’ve done your best and you want to stress that to your supervisor during the performance appraisal. It is not unusual that employees being rated have an opportunity to comment on his or her review. Especially if you were caught blindsided as your boss ideally should be giving you real time feedback and not just drop the bomb during your evaluation. Avoid being emotional though. You don’t want to be on the pity party. Try to be objective when you defend yourself by truly looking at your accomplishments during the covered period.
NAH don’t bother. That is in terms of questioning your reviewer about your poor rating. Unless you got accused by something that is damaging to your reputation, just let it slide. Instead of paying lip service, prove them wrong. It may be sad that your supervisor has seen it his or her way or maybe he or she is just unreasonably perfectionist. Ask for specific details on your areas for improvement and get him or her to tell you how you can improve. Jot down the important points and work on them afterwards.
Should I give a heads up to my boss if I’m contemplating on resigning from my position?
YEP you should. Your manager might take this as a sign that he or she needs to address the problem at work to prevent his or her staff from leaving. Both of you can discuss measures to say, improve the situation. If he or she doesn’t want to lose an employee like you, he or she could even offer you a lighter workload (if you are overworked), a challenging post (if you are getting bored with your current position) or maybe he might adjust your paycheck just to keep you in the company.
NOPE you shouldn’t. It could be risky. There’s a possibility that it can backfire. Since this is something you are only thinking about, what if you decide not to push through with it anyway? It’s highly likely that your boss will treat you differently afterwards, which is not going to be in a good way.
Should I notify my supervisor if I think what he or she is asking me to do is too difficult?
YEP you should so there will be no false expectations on your supervisor’s end. Make sure though that you have at least tried doing the task. For example, your sales quota was raised and you worked your butt off to achieve your new targets but couldn’t hit them. Timing as to when you should tell your boss is key, you don’t want to bring this up when he or she is in a salty mood.
NAH you shouldn’t. Your supervisor might take it the wrong way, that you give up so easily therefore you will be deemed unreliable and disposable. Take it as challenge to up your A game. Maybe he or she knows that you have it in you that’s why he or she is taking your duties to a higher level. And it’s likely that he or she trusts you enough. Anything that pushes you to be better will only benefit you in the long run.
Should you inform your boss that the tasks assigned to you are outside your job description?
YEP you should. At least he or she will know that you are the assertive kind and cannot be pushed over. Besides it could be intentional because he’s taking advantage of you being a greenhorn thinking he or she can throw any work your way without you complaining.
NOPE you shouldn’t dare. Especially if this is the only job you got accepted in, having gone from one failed application to another. Who knows, you may be able to do the tasks regardless. And with your boss knowing that he purposely gave you a different responsibility, you might just get into his good graces as a result.
Should you confide in your superior about a persistent problem with a direct colleague?
YEP why not? Your superior is there to make sure his or her team members are working harmoniously as that is crucial to the team’s success. He or she might appreciate your trust in him or her. However, it is best to involve your boss only after you have tried to sort out your differences with your co member but did not work. After all, your performance can be affected negatively if you are having a conflict with an officemate let alone your fellow team member.
NOPE. Don’t burden your supervisor with coworker problems as they are, especially if he or she is unsympathetic to begin with. He or she either will give you a generic “just talk it out” advice, be on the fence with it or ignore your concern altogether.
Should you be honest enough to confront your boss if you caught him or her doing illegal activities within the office?
YEP you must. First of all, It is the right thing to do under the circumstances even if he or she holds a higher position than you. While you caught him red handed inside the office premises, you must act fairly regardless by asking an explanation for his wrongdoing.
NOPE you shouldn’t. Just report him or her directly to Human Resources department discreetly and maintaining your confidence. That way, you don’t want to be tagged as the whistleblower. Having seen him in an obvious illicit transaction, you never know the extent of criminality your boss is capable of beneath the seemingly respectable appearance.
Should you be upfront with your manager if he or she seems oblivious to your accomplishments?
YEP it’s ok. After all, you may have not done this amazingly well in the past that only a blind person might not notice your remarkable achievements. Try not to toot your horn so obviously though. You can just be a having a light conversation with your boss and inject the highlights of achievements naturally. Make it appear that you just want to keep him updated with your work.
NAH, it’s quite inappropriate. You might only think he or she is not noticing it. Saying something might preempt his or her plans of surprising you with a commendation or better yet a promotion. Best to remain humble for the time being and wait for performance appraisal season. Besides you don’t exactly need to be complimented for every good thing you do. Just keep the faith that he or she is taking mental notes of your greatness.