Working closely with someone gives you valuable insight into that person’s performance. This is especially true of your boss. But knowing whether — 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 her. Give input that will help her improve her performance. Avoid telling 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 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.