How To Have An Honest Discussion About Job Satisfaction With Your Boss

How are things going at work? Have you been scrolling through LinkedIn on your lunch break lately? Did you recently update the skills and abilities section of your resume? It’s obvious that you’re unhappy with your job, but it’s not like you can tell your boss that, right?

Honest conversations with your boss are just as important as the ones you have with your significant others or friends or parents. If there is something that is making you unhappy at work, they are the ones with the power to change it (especially if they are what is making you unhappy).

So before you pack up your desk, give honesty a try. Here are some tips to help you prep for that conversation:

Remember that you are a rock star

Think about it: if you are a top performer at your company, your boss will be more likely to accommodate you to avoid losing you. Try keeping a work journal, and every time a project is completed ahead of schedule or you learn a new skill or receive a rave review from another supervisor, make a note of it. Not only will it help you make your case with your boss, but it will provide a confidence boost. And if you do decide to leave your current job, keeping track of your accomplishments will help when rewriting your resume. 

Make a list

Who doesn’t love lists? Write down the burning issues you want to discuss with your boss because the last thing you want is to forget something or distract them from your message by sounding scattered.

Schedule a meeting

Some bosses, like mine, have standing one-on-one meetings with their employees. Times like this would be good to discuss the problems you are having since you know exactly when they are and you have their undivided attention. But even if you need to schedule some time, do so. Don’t corner them in front of the Keurig machine or barge into their office, even if you feel your indignation warrants barging.

Try to have a solution in mind

If someone came to you with a problem, wouldn’t you appreciate it if they also came with a possible solution? Especially if that solution was mutually beneficial? Know that your boss may not be on board with all (or any) or your ideas, but hopefully, they’ll appreciate the effort and be willing to match it.

Be prepared for the outcome 

Every situation is unique. In some cases, there may be absolutely nothing your boss can do to help you. But the one thing your boss is not is a mind-reader, so you won’t know the outcome until you talk to them. Maybe just having the conversation and feeling heard will reignite your passion for your current job. And if your boss won’t help you and doesn’t make you feel valued or heard, you still have the answer you need!

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