In this episode I’ll give you some tips to help you navigate through saying “No” to your boss in a way that allows you to keep your job and get what you want. Bosses have an effect on your every day work life, they can make it enjoyable or horrible. We’ll talk about how you handle that on a daily basis. It’s all about having that difficult conversation with your boss and getting them to see things from your perspective or at least coming to a middle ground. They’ll see you in a different light if you are able to speak your mind. They need to know that you respectfully disagree and you might have a better view on how to do things.
What should you do when demands pile up so high that you and your team are overworked and it just keeps coming? Being that busy can keep you from being strategic and never really accomplishing what is best for the company, customer or your own career. How do you negotiate the workload with your boss? I am a big proponent of change but often times it happens too fast and that kills productivity.
Try these 4 steps to keep you and your boss organized and in the loop concerning your workload.
1. Keep a list of everything your boss asks for. They may not be keeping track of the project list for their employees.
2. Keep a list of the top strategic priorities that you are working on and remind your boss often how you are doing.
3. Have regular meetings with your boss where you talk about the items and projects on the lists.
4. Make recommendations about what to prioritize and ask your boss if you are correct.
If your boss walks in and has a great big, new project for you you can now bring up to your boss the current projects and find out where they suggest you fit in the new project. You look like an organized, compliant employee who is happy to help them where there is room to but also keeping it a team relationship by asking them what things can be lowered on the priority list.
ACTION ASSIGNMENT: Practice this strategy this week and see if it works. Following these 4 steps will make a world of difference.
Tune in next time for the 10 steps of How to Disagree with Your Boss. Have a great week and remember, it’s your career!