Everybody wants to give their boss some honest feedback, but that may not be the best idea. You get feedback from your boss so shouldn’t you be able to give it back? It doesn’t work that way and here’s why…
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Q: “I work 5 days a week in an office. I want to work from home part of the time. How many days a week should I ask for? What is the right way to go about asking?“ -Javier, France
A: Research shows that you should start out by asking for only one day a week. Don’t ask for Monday or Friday. When they see that your productivity is up after 3-4 months then you can ask for a Friday or Monday. A lot of people work really well from home, but you have to be disciplined to get work done. Ask for a trial period where you can test out working from home. You may not like working from home as much as you think you will.
STUFF WE LEARN IN THIS EPISODE
Feedback is not a 2 way street in the workplace. Organizations are vertical structures. The reality is that the power actually exists at the higher levels where decisions about products and employees are made. There is a difference in power roles between managers and direct reports.
You have to be open to receiving feedback, without giving feedback to your boss. When a manager invites you to provide them feedback, don’t believe them! The ones who ask for input are the ones who may handle it the worst. This is a delicate situation that requires emotional intelligence. Most of the time it does not work out in your favor. While your relationship does dictate the types of conversations you have, be very careful if you are providing developmental feedback. Instead provide feedback on how they can help you be more successful, thus helping them.
QUOTES BY CHRIS
“Be very careful when giving anonymous feedback!”