A Letter To My Boss ...
by Lisa Kaye
Were you ever in a position at work where you felt you could not speak directly to your boss? Maybe you had a difficult onboarding to a new job or maybe you have been holding back because you were afraid of a negative reaction? Sometimes saying what you feel or think at work can backfire depending on the receptive nature of your boss or supervisor. It's not that they don't want to hear what you have to say; it's more likely they just don't have the time.
Wouldn't it be nice to have an impromptu way to communicate with your boss about issues that you may need them to be aware of BEFORE your next performance review? Some companies have been moving away from more traditional performance review sessions and opting for informal and more frequent ones. Maybe, just maybe it would be nice to write your boss a letter telling them how you feel? Here's a sample of what you can offer by way of feedback that might just be more useful than a 360-degree review.
I've enjoyed working for you for the past 2 years. When you hired me you gave me an opportunity to do something I loved and to really grow and learn new things and for that I am thankful. I wanted to take the time to tell you how much I appreciate your guidance and insights and for giving me a chance when no one else would. I hope I've been able to live up to your expectations and provide the level of service and commitment I know you and the company deserve.
It's not always easy to write how you feel especially when there are people in the department who may not always play “nice” with the other team members. I know you have had your challenges in managing the business, but I want you to know I'm here to support you in whatever decision you need to make in order to bring harmony and cohesiveness to a team that may be falling apart. I think some of the staff are feeling insecure about all the changes that have gone on of late, I'm included in that too. I feel that you are the type of boss that can listen and also learn from the feedback that is given.
So here goes, I am grateful for my job and want to stay working for you and for the company but there are a few things that if addressed would make the working experience here that much better:
1. Set Clear Goals-Too many recent changes have led to team members not knowing their roles, involving themselves in areas they don't belong or making decisions that they should not be involved or qualified in making.
2. Improve Communication- Hold more weekly in-person meetings and avoid communicating important decisions via, text messages, IM or FB chats in order to communicate. This occurs even when we are sitting next to one another! So much is lost in short communication and misinterpretation occurs with little or no accountability.
3. Acknowledge Our Accomplishments: Whether these are individual or departmental, taking time to congratulate one another on reaching our goals or in the completion of a project instead of rushing onto the next new thing, will mean more to the group than Pizza Fridays' or Thirsty Thursdays'.
These are just a few thoughts on my mind of late and I did not want to wait until my next review to share this feedback with you. I hope you can take these suggestions not as a critique of the company or of your management style, but as a way to express my genuine commitment and loyalty for the team and in our ability to succeed together as a group.
Thank you for allowing me to share my point of view.