When at work, it’s extremely important to feel as though you are able to speak your mind. If something is bothering you, whether that be by upsetting you, making you angry, or just generally uncomfortable to work in that environment – you need to speak to your boss.
Regardless of whether your issue is brought on by someone you work with, like another colleague, or how the system is being run, you should never feel as though you don’t have a place to speak up. You do, just like everyone else. Sometimes the issue may lie between you and the boss, in this case, try having a conversation with them, but if that doesn’t work out, you may have to take a more serious action. Some bosses – for whatever reason – may take a disliking to you, and this is the worst kind of scenario to be in because you’re having to perform tasks and refer back to someone that you know quite clearly has a problem with you. Sometimes, unfortunately, the best thing to do is leave and find someone who will treat you better – but not without a fight of course. You should get a full settlement to cover your losses if things turn out this way, because you aren’t in the wrong – they are.
If you’re worried about how you’ll come across when raising your concerns with your boss – here are some tips to guide you through smoothly.
Time your concerns appropriately.
You will want to make sure that you choose the right time to have ‘the talk.’ It’s no good being in the middle of a meeting and then just suddenly blurting out all your issue in front of your other co-workers. You also shouldn’t bring up a problem when there’s a major crisis going on in the office either, because quite frankly, your issue will not be relevant and will just be overlooked. So what you need to do is schedule in a time where you can have a one to one conversation with your boss without any other things becoming a distraction. If you don’t know when the best time that is for them – ask.
It’s important to walk in with an idea of how you’re going to speak to them. This doesn’t mean memorizing a script that you’ve written, but sometimes the nerves get the better of us and we lose our train of thought, so if you properly prepare your words beforehand, you will be more likely to hold your end of the conversation rather than awkwardly stuttering your way through. Think about all the points that you want to cover. Number them if necessary so you know what other areas you have left to talk about before your boss cuts in.
Come up with some solutions.
It’s one thing coming to your boss with a list of things you’re not happy with, but have you thought of any solutions that may help the situations that you have brought up? If you haven’t, don’t arrange to speak to your boss yet. Although they are in charge of managing the team – they don’t have superpowers, so it’d be wrong to think they have the ability to fix everything all by themselves. Coming to them with some ideas of how to improve whatever your concerns are, will show your boss that you have really thought long and hard about what you’re talking about, and you are trying to find the positives, regardless of the matter.
Leave the decision up to your boss.
If you go in demanding different things or even worse – throwing out ultimatums, you will not only leave a terrible taste in your boss’s mouth, but you may risk losing it all. Don’t let adrenaline get the better of you, because you may end up saying things that you regret, and at the end of the day – it’s your boss’s decision in what they do with the information you have given them. Don’t try and force them into making a decision just because you may think it’s the right one. – You won’t be doing any justice to yourself.
Get support if necessary
If, after speaking with your boss, you don’t find that anything has improved and the same issues are still causing problems, it may be time to get a little backup. Now, don’t get this mixed up with peer pressure – it’s completely different. But rounding up a few other colleagues that share the same concerns as you, may be what your boss needs to see, in order to realize that the issue is affecting others too – not just yourself. That will make the problem a harder one to be ignored, meaning further action will most likely be made.