You may catch them off guard if it is something that other employees do not approach them with during the year. It is always a good idea to give them a “heads up” about the discussion ahead of time so that they are prepared to give you the coaching or feedback you need to be successful.
How often should I discuss my performance with my boss? If you believe your performance is off track, schedule a meeting now even though it may be difficult. It will be much easier to gain their insight and support to get yourself back on course.
A good manager will help with removing roadblocks that prevent someone from being successful. Removing roadblocks is not doing your work; it is running interference in organizations that may inadvertently make getting things done more difficult and create more work.
If there is no urgency for manager intervention, keep your boss informed of your progress at periodic times – it might be weekly, monthly or quarterly.
The timing will depend on your experience and how often your boss likes to be updated. When in doubt, ask him or her how often they prefer to meet or communicate with you.
Sometimes bosses become unavailable, it is up to you to make it happen.
How often should an employee discuss their career or development objectives with their boss?
If you are talking to your boss about your career on a daily basis, I can guarantee it is too much. The message you are sending is that it is all about YOU and not about what you can do.
The company wants to know you are able to perform in your job and take on increasing levels of responsibilities before they contemplate promoting or moving you into a new position.
A good rule of thumb is to initiate a career discussion about every six months to discuss your progress – not to ask for a promotion.
Consider calling it an “update meeting” to discuss the skills you have learned and how you have applied those to specific projects, tasks or initiatives. Companies are not interested in knowing that you checked the box to learn a skill. What you learn can become dormant if it is not used.
However, applying your skills to a new and unique situation shows that you have the capacity to work in more complex situations. Those kinds of discussions will make an impact and will keep you top of mind when the next promotion or big project comes around.
* * * * * Lynn Dessert owns Leadership Breakthrough, improving personal communication and influence one-step at a time.
Author of www.ElephantsAtWork.com
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September 2010 CA Employer
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