Going into your boss’s office can often be hot or cold: You could be getting a pat on the back for a job well done—or a tough dose of constructive criticism.Your boss may want to assign you an awesome new project—or ask you for the report that’s due today (wait, what report? But how often do you stop by your manager’s office just to chat?Turns out, there are several things you should be addressing with your boss on a regular basis.When you take the time to talk about these important issues, you’ll find that you’re happier with your career and better positioned in the eyes of your boss, your team, and the company as a whole.So, the next time you pass by your boss’s office, stop in and start talking about these five things.Whether you hope to be in a different role or a different department, it’s OK—and it can actually be very beneficial—to talk to your current boss about your career goals.
As a manager myself, I constantly ask my employees “Where do you see yourself in five years?
”—because if there’s a way I can help them along, I’ll do it.
Whether that means putting in a good word for them in a different department at my current company or assigning them specials projects that will help them build new skill sets for a different role, I want to help.
Of course, there’s definitely a right and wrong way to phrase your goals (i.e., you don’t want to blatantly announce to your boss that you’re hoping to jump ship ASAP or that you want to take over your boss’s position).
Start small by mentioning where you see yourself eventually: “I’d love to move up to a management position someday.” If it’s received well, move on to specifically how you can reach those goals—even if it would eventually require a move to a different department or company.
When you’re entrenched in your work, it’s a common and familiar mumble: “This would be so much easier if we did it my way.” But, how often do you actually present that idea to your boss as a serious solution to a problem?