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Staying Connected...With Your Boss

Many organizations, this one included, conduct annual evaluations with their employees. Much as been written about whether or not these annual rituals actually provide value or not; and I think the main focus is often lost in the debate. The real issue is communication, not necessarily about performance.

That's's all about communication.

The challenge for most companies is the pace. The meetings, the patients, the projects, the regulatory changes, the email, the on-site inspections, the new laws, and the list goes on and on. Somehow with all of that activity going on we're supposed to connect and provide meaningful feedback.

That's right...and I believe every employee, including me, has the responsibility to make that happen.

Sure, each supervisor needs to make time to meet with their employees, but as we've seen too many times those meetings can slip by and become a faded memory faster than we realize. That is why it is so important for employees to play an active part in this process.

Feedback = Career Compass
Get yourself on your boss' calendar each quarter and make sure you review the following issues:

- expectations for your department going forward
- areas you have done well
- areas you have an opportunity to improve
- reinforce your commitment and that you appreciate the time they've taken to meet with you

Don't be afraid to reach out to your supervisor to get the feedback you need. Simply by asking for the meeting you are setting yourself apart from your colleagues and are showing your level of commitment to your organization.

Now all that is left is for you to set up that appointment!


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1 comment:

CHAMPS HR said...

Great advice! Loved this post so much we shared it on our HR blog.