June 1, 2010 / 9:28 AM / 9 years ago

Three tips for giving the boss feedback

Office workers walk during morning peak hour in central Sydney October28, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

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

“Working closely with someone gives you valuable insight into that person’s performance. This is especially true of your boss. But, knowing if and how to give your boss feedback is tough. Here are three tips to help you decide when to share your insights, and when to keep quiet.

1. Wait or ask for permission. Don’t launch into a list of things your boss could do better. Given the nature of the relationship, it’s better to wait to be asked for feedback or to inquire if your boss is open to feedback.

2. Focus on helping him/her. Give input that will help improve his/her performance. Avoid telling him/her what you would do if you were boss.

3. When in doubt, hold your tongue. If you think your boss will not be receptive or if he/she has been known to lash out at constructive criticism, you’re better off keeping your mouth shut. Find other, anonymous ways (e.g. 360-degree reviews) to give your feedback.”

- Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “How to Give Your Boss Feedback” by Amy Gallo.

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