How to Let Your Boss Know You Are Unhappy at Work
You may be happy to have a job and thankful you can pay for basic expenses, but after a while going to work, paying bills, going home, and then doing it all over again the next day can become miserable if you don’t like your job. If you’re at a point where your job is making you feel unhappy, rather than immediately looking for a new job, one solution may be to talk to your boss about it. There is a high chance that your boss already senses your dissatisfaction. Coming to work late and looking a little unenthusiastic to be at your job can be pretty obvious. Here is a way to tell your boss you are unhappy at work.
- First Identify why you are unhappy. Before setting up a meeting with your boss, have a clear idea of what you want to say. What specifically makes you unhappy at work? Your supervisor will have plenty of questions, so you need to make sure you can clearly articulate what is wrong.
- Choose a time of meeting convenient for you both. When you set up your meetingwith the boss, make sure to have it at the right time of day. Choosing the wrong time could have a negative effect on the outcome of your meeting. Make sure to have your meeting at a time when you are both thinking clearly (Monday mornings are out). Productivity expert Andrew Jansen suggested that mid-morning meetings on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday are best.
- Now that you know exactly why you aren’t feeling great about your work, think of the best possible way to get your message across. Try to state your concerns with a positive attitude. Even though you’re taking this time to share what’s not going well for you, show respect while doing so. Also resist the urge to blame your boss for what isn’t right with your job. Blaming will only make your supervisor feel defensive. Consequently, he or she will be less likely to listen with an open mind. Explain why you are not about work and calmly state how you have been feeling about your job.
- Do not complain only, Suggest possible solutions. If you are going to speak with your boss about what is making you unhappy, you need to balance this out by presenting a list of possible solutions. Show that you care about your job and that you’re willing to take the initiative and do what it takes to make things better. Don’t expect your boss to solve all your problems for you. At the end of the day, it would be up to you to take responsibility for your career.
- Have a Backup Plan. While things could get better at work, there is also the possibility that things could also get worse. Your boss may start to feel that you have your own interests ahead of the company’s and may start to find ways to get you to leave. This isn’t going to be a pleasant experience for you, so if you sense something like this is starting to happen, it would be wise to make plans to work elsewhere.
- Revise your resume (this is something you should be doing on a regular basis, anyway), brush up on your skills, and start looking for your next job.