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Struggling at work? How to have tough talks with the boss

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

No one likes to have a tough conversation with their boss. But with so many changes in the workplace and so much uncertainty in the world right now, they are bound to happen.

You're having a hard time working from home

If you are having a hard time working from home, the first step is to figure out exactly what the problem is.

"The boss' ears perk up when they hear this phrase" said Amy Cooper Hakim, an industrial-organizational psychology practitioner and workplace expert.

So if the problem is you feel stretched too thin with too much work, try saying: In order to be most productive, it would help to have clear priorities on where I should focus my attention first.

Figure out what works best for you and your boss when it comes to check-ins and status updates.

When approaching your boss on what work might look like without reliable child care options, focus on offering solutions but also be transparent.

Some companies are offering different solutions, like job sharing, which involves splitting a full-time position, moving to part-time work or offering more leave.

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