I am working hard on a project that should improve our performance improvement system. My boss gave me permission to tackle this project, but now she doesn’t even seem to want to talk about it. In fact, she seems annoyed about the whole thing, and I am afraid, if this continues, that all my efforts will go to waste.
The performance appraisals system we have is general and doesn’t give the supervisor the opportunity to review specific projects and skills. I have developed a system that will include a drop-down box where different skills and projects can be selected for review. Now, my supervisor has now decided that she likes what we have. How can I get her to, at least, consider the changes?
First, let me congratulate you on taking the initiative to offer a positive solution to what you see is a problem. However, in order for the solution to be accepted, you need to make sure you have communicated completely with your supervisor.
Because you don’t say otherwise, my suggestions will be based on the assumption that, in the past, your supervisor has been open to new ideas and projects. She did give you permission to tackle this project, so I know that she was, at least, interested at the start. Knowing that, I am going to ask you these questions, which I hope will give you some helpful ideas.
[message type=”success”]The ability to influence your manager will depend on how you communicate the information and manage up. When you meet with your supervisor to discuss ideas, concerns, or projects, bring all relevant information with you. Make sure your supervisor understands the information you present. Seek advice and provide regular input. Think about how you would like to be informed and updated. Offer your supervisor the same consideration.[/message]
I hope this helps,