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3 Questions you should be asking your boss

The most critical relationship at the office is an employee – boss relationship. As an employee, receiving feedback is important – “no news is good news” doesn’t always apply. If you have questions, ask. Or, if you don’t have questions, take this blog post to heart and begin thinking of some. Doing so might present you with a perspective you hadn’t considered, provide valuable career guidance, and show your manager that you’re interested in your professional development. Here are some valuable questions to ask your boss on a (fairly) regular basis.

How am I doing and could I do anything differently?”

Having clear expectations is the key to being better at your job – and this question is a sneaky way to find out those expectations. For example, if your manager says they would like you to make more of an effort to actively participate in meetings, you’ll know that they value a collaborative environment of ideas. And knowing that can help you perform exactly to their expectations. Asking your boss for guidance on how to support their goals more effectively proves your initiative – and taking ownership of your past errors while still looking for ways to actively fix them in the future – reveals impressive and valuable levels of self-awareness.

What’s your preference when it comes to communication?

It’s good to ask this question when you first start working for someone, as well as at the beginning of any new project or issue. The purpose of this question is twofold – to find out the communication medium preferred, as well as the frequency of communication desired. Effective and clear communication with your boss is very important for the relationship to be successful, and if you try to meet your boss on his or her terms on this one, you’ll be ahead of your peers.

What energizes you most about our company?

Asking your boss this question a great way to get them talking about the future. Often, under the auspices of this question, they’ll be even more likely to tease out new initiatives, products, or markets that can help you get excited and encourage you to fall in love with your job again.

Remember, many managers want to be there to support you, but have trouble finding the time to do so. Once you begin asking your boss these types of questions, it will help you foster a productive relationship, which will make it easier for you to approach your boss for feedback and information on a regular basis. As an employee, it’s not only your right to ask questions, but it can also show initiative on your part while providing you with valuable information to grow and evolve in your career.

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