Friday, August 7, 2015

Douglas Battista – Make Sure Your Boss Knows What You’re Doing All Day

Doug Battista
According to Douglas Battista, when organizations assess talent and make decisions about raises and promotions, the people making the decisions are going through mental notes of their employee’s career—and what matters isn’t necessarily what their employee has actually done; it’s what they know about what their employee has done. So if others get the promotions or recognition you deserve, it could be because you’re not making your accomplishments known.

Q: How can employees make sure they get credit for their work?

Douglas Battista: It’s important for employees to keep their bosses informed. Unfortunately, many employees rarely speak to their managers.

Q: Where does the avoidance come from?

Douglas Battista: Sometimes avoidance comes from a strained employee-boss relationship; other times, because full calendars don’t allow for conversations.

Q: Is the lack of conversation a major career oversight?

Douglas Battista: Absolutely! You can’t assume your boss knows what you’re doing or the great progress you’ve made unless you provide that information.

Q: What is the best way to let my manager know about my accomplishments?

Douglas Battista: Managers are busy people. They may not retain verbal details as much as written records. A weekly status email update with the most important activities of the week as well as your priorities for the following week is a great way to keep your boss informed. Regular update meetings are also helpful.

Q: What should be the main focus of these meetings?

Douglas Battista: As I said, bosses are busy people. During meetings, employees should focus on results, not just on a list of activities they completed throughout the week. Don’t get me wrong, all this is necessary, but what your boss really needs to know is the impact those activities had on the company’s bottom line.