It’s about your work and how fast you’ll climb up the corporate ladder with your boss’ help.
Maybe all your life as a worker, you’ve never had the cause to tell your boss some things that matter to you. Or you’ve always played hero, doing all the work on your own, never asking for help even when you need it.
But more of work is social than functional. About getting people know what you do and like you for it. One of the people you’ll want to see you in good light is your boss; and whether he is a screaming genie or everybody’s friend, you need to find out some things about yourself from him to help you fast track your progress.
Not that all of your life depends on it but because it’s one of those subtle things that count in your career.
These questions will set the pace for your work as a new employee and if you are an old employee, they might just change your perspective (and your boss’) on so many things about your job.
How can I help you? Ok. That’s something you’d rather not let slip off your tongue. You already have too much on your hands, your boss probably always passes on tough work and asking him this question just gives him the freedom to make your life miserable.
But the truth is, whether or not you have a terrible boss, you are better off knowing what your boss’s vision for the team is and how you can contribute to its reality.
You can always find ways to get your freedom at work but you also need to show you care about your boss, and by extension, the team.
How can I get better at this? Your boss may not know jack about your work but you can learn from his experience with the team so far, get insights into and ideas about your work and perhaps get on his better side.
Asking your boss this question doesn’t show you are incompetent or too dependent but that you respect his opinion about your work.
How am I doing? There’s always room for improvement, and because you want to get better at what you do, you need to get as much feedback as possible; hearing from your boss is a good thing.
First, your boss serves as your quasi-mentor, helps you track your progress and you can also glean into information about your behavioural performance at work.
Plus the added benefit of avoiding a career rut.
What’s your preferred mode of communication with this team?
Not all bosses like to communicate with their team members face-to-face and it also depends on the circumstances surrounding such meetings.
Know what works best with your boss; would he prefer an in-person meeting on less busy days or when there’s an immediate need. Find out how often he’d like you to give him updates about your work and what mode of communication would be most suitable to convey your message.
How often can I ask for feedback? Agreed, your boss likes you and leaves his door open to you whenever you have anything to say but you should save yourself any misunderstanding by finding out when it is most convenient to meet with your boss.