Management Tip of the Day: Give your new boss feedback

Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:22am EDT
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - Having a new boss can be a time of considerable stress for all involved, but there are some tips to keep in mind to give him or her useful feedback from the start, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Giving your manager feedback can be nerve-racking, especially if you've never done it before.

Yet, many strong work relationships are based on openly sharing advice and input. If you have a new boss, or are providing her with feedback for the first time, here are three tips to make it go smoothly:

1. Determine willingness to listen. Before you say anything, assess whether your boss is open to hearing what you have to say. Make sure the payoff is worth the risk of upsetting her.

2. Schedule it. Don't take your boss by surprise. Let her know you want to discuss an important issue in private.

3. Gauge reaction. Present the feedback directly and accurately. Watch her body language to be sure you aren't alienating her. You can check in by occasionally asking, 'Does this make sense?'"

-Today's management tip was adapted from the Harvard ManageMentor module, "Feedback Essentials."

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