The Awkward Conversation You Need to Have With Your Boss

Never allow a lack of honest feedback to lull you into a false sense of accomplishment at work. If you plan on maximizing your potential, you need as much constructive criticism as possible.

how to make the most of your performance review

This feedback can come from anyone, but it’s most important when it comes from your boss because he/she is probably the person who:

  1. Best understands your current role
  2. Sets the expectations you need to meet
  3. Has the power to advance your career

Aim to get feedback every six months or so. At the very least, you should get 100% unfiltered feedback during your performance review.

How to make the most of your performance review

1. Do the work up front

Don’t go into your performance review guessing. Position yourself for success by:

  • Asking your manager for the list of topics you’ll discuss
  • Analyzing the key metrics you’ll be evaluated on
  • Studying your performance and being prepared to speak intelligently about what went well (and what didn’t) and why

It also helps to let your manager know ahead of time that you’d like to discuss your career path/goals.

2. Communicate openly

Now is the time to put it all on the table. Being as diplomatic as possible (don’t throw people under the bus), speak candidly with your manager about the things you discuss.

If something isn’t working, let them know. A great manager will want feedback from their employees so they can put everyone in the best position to succeed.

3. Pop the question

If your review is full of positive feedback, congratulations! You’re a rock star employee. But you’re not done until you get one last piece of information.

Here are sample questions you can ask to make the most of your performance review:

  • What can I do better this year to help the team/company even more?
  • What skill(s) would you like to see me improve in the next 12 months?
  • How can I put myself in the best position to be promoted to XYZ role?

While it may be tempting to start negotiating your salary, it’s best to avoid that unless you’ve had prior discussions or specifically told your manager that you’d like to discuss that weeks in advance.

If you think you’re worth more than you’re being paid, tell your manager that you’d like to schedule some time to discuss salary after your incredible performance review.

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All opinions expressed on this blog are solely those of Home at 30 and are in no way affiliated with any other organization or institution. The purpose of this blog is to give general education and information about investing, wealth, careers, and college; It is not intended to be professional advice.

Author: Josh Ramos

Josh attended Wake Forest University and paid a fortune for it. Since then, he’s realized the obstacles that Americans face in moving up on the ladder of wealth. By founding Home at 30, he wants to help students learn the skills necessary for taking the next step on their journey to building wealth.
The Awkward Conversation You Need to Have With Your Boss was last modified: March 19th, 2019 by Josh Ramos

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  1. I remember my first review, I was concerned because my boss seemed unhappy and distracted much of the time. However in the review he told me he’d never worked with an engineer as talented as I was and I was doing great, to just keep it up! It was amazing how that changed my view of the job, I just needed to learn that you could not judge your own performance by how someone else was feeling. I went on to have a great career, eventually running the company and stayed with that corporation until I retired slightly early. And I was concerned they might fire me after six months!

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      Wow! It just goes to show that as an employee, you can only control what you can control. From a management perspective, they need to be aware of what they’re communicating (or not communicating) to their employees. In your situation, some other talented employees may have searched for other jobs because of the uncertainty. Kudos to you for sticking it out and having a great career!

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