Forget ghosts and ghouls this Halloween; the thought of talking to your boss about what you really want at work is enough to give anyone nightmares. Awkwardly bringing up that pay rise you’ve been thinking about or asking for help with a particularly difficult project can fill the best of us with dread. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.
We’ve put together our top tips on handling scary situations that might come up at some point in your career. Read on and we’re sure you’ll pluck the up the courage to address those tricky talks in no time.
Feeling ready for a new challenge but not sure how to mention it? If more responsibility is what you’re after, just ask! As long as you’re performing your current duties to a good standard, asking for more work is only a positive and shows ambition. However, before you ask, make sure you’re ready for the extra workload – be realistic and make sure you have time to handle the new pressures.
This is a situation most people will encounter at some point in their career – asking for a pay rise. You’ll need to convince your employer that your contribution to the company goes above and beyond, that you’ve accomplished company goals, taken on any extra responsibility and more. As well as making a list of achievements, research pay rates in your industry and under the same job titles. Be straightforward with your boss and ask for what you want. Even if the outcome isn’t what you sought, it’s definitely worth a try.
There’s nothing wrong with admitting you need help. Rather than suffering in silence, it’s best to tackle any issues head on and find a solution. And don’t worry; asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness or proof you aren’t up to the job. The truth is, the longer you put off asking for guidance, the worse the situation will get. Whether you aren’t sure how to manage the computer system, feel overwhelmed with a certain task or snowed under with work, your silence will only result in hours of misery. Ask a colleague or your manager for assistance – you’ll probably find they’ll be happy to help and wonder why you hadn’t said something sooner!
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Whether you need to leave work early on Tuesdays to pick up the kids from school or can’t get into the office until 10am on certain days, try and set up some kind of agreement with your boss. They should understand that people have priorities outside of work which require flexibility. Bring it up with your manager and see if you can figure something out that works for both of you.
In all situations, your boss is there to help and wants the best for you. Don’t fret about asking for what you want – feel the fear and do it anyway!
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