How to Get Your Boss to Actually Listen to You

first_img Topics: Bosses don’t know everything. Even the most empathetic leaders need feedback to understand the specific challenges their employees face. Unfortunately, plenty of workers — especially those new to the workforce — don’t feel safe being vocal. When they have ideas to contribute, they hesitate to share them; after all, they don’t want to risk potential repercussions.Ultimately, this environment leads to erosion of communication between team members and even entire companies. People assume their suggestions won’t be met by someone who appreciates their feedback, so concerns remain unspoken. At the same time, each unnoted issue can cost businesses $7,500 per incident, on average. Over time, a human disconnect and financial draining system develops, creating a gap that grows larger each year. The only way to bridge the chasm if you’re not a top dog? Speak up.Click here to download leadership lessons from HubSpot founder, Dharmesh Shah.Not surprisingly, workers seldom take that route. A VitalSmarts study found that only 1 percent of respondents were willing to break the mold; roughly three out of 10 cited a negative organization as the reason for their silence. Anyone who’s seen a colleague punished for being honest knows how quickly open dialogue can shut down; thus, it can be tough to become the turtle willing to stick its neck out.Ironically, this is exactly the reason you need to take control of the situation and be the one to buck the “silent treatment.” Despite surveys, open-door policies, one-on-one meetings, brainstorming sessions, and other planned events, leaders depend on the voices of proactive, loyal employees — even if they don’t realize it. No company succeeds if its people stop managing up and regularly sharing ideas; talented performers have jumped ship for far less important reasons.For instance, take a lesson from our company’s business development manager: Like an assertive jet pilot, he consistently keeps himself on my radar. Together, we’ve discussed ways to make our conversations more effective so they focus on productivity. Without his willingness to tell me what I don’t know, our organization would suffer.Learning to ‘Manage Up’Whether you’re an extrovert, an introvert, or just someone who’s tired of (and stressed by) holding everything in, you owe it to yourself and your company to find your voice. By following a few guidelines, you can confidently bring up issues with your supervisor — and feel better about your job altogether — without losing sleep:1. Ready to complain? Take a different tactic.You might have a list of criticisms or grievances; that’s understandable. However, before you blow up in your meeting, plan to stay in control. Clarify each pain point ahead of time by writing it down. Often, employees lump natural job stressors with programmatic or organizational issues. Divvy them up, and only speak of the latter.2. Articulate your concerns in a solution-oriented way.Forget the idea of merely bringing issues to the table. Go a step further and offer solutions, too. Don’t assume your role is to dump concerns onto your corporate leaders and walk away. Instead, have the poise to lean on your expertise and provide solutions. Not only will this show your self-assurance, but it will also help your employer. When researchers studied a restaurant chain in which leadership actively listened to managers and implemented their suggestions, they discovered a 32 percent decrease in turnover and savings of no less than $1.6 million.3. Commiserate sparingly with peers.Everyone knows the Negative Neds or Nellies in the office. Their pessimism spreads like cancer, killing productivity and morale. And their professional reputation? Forget it. If you’re going to become a voice to upper management, temper your desire to vent all the time. Although griping makes sense from time to time — and can even be productive under the right circumstances — it doesn’t solve anything. Rather than whine incessantly, allow yourself a bit of kvetching and then move on to developing a viable result.4. Leverage anonymous feedback.If you’re hesitant to reveal your identity by marching into your supervisor’s domain, you have a less direct way to make yourself heard. Most companies offer a suggestion box, allowing you to provide the same information you would face to face in written form. You can also write a review on Glassdoor to give your feedback anonymously. Although it’s not as productive as having a direct conversation, you’ll still have a say. Be sure to avoid anger with your words; write concisely and stick to facts for optimum results.Yes, it’s tough to stand out when others hold their tongues; still, saying nothing will only dampen your business’s effectiveness and keep you from achieving your own objectives. Take charge of your career by moving out of your comfort zone. Your co-workers — and boss — might thank you for your candor.This post originally appeared on Glassdoor, and has been republished with permission. Originally published Jun 26, 2018 7:00:00 AM, updated June 26 2018 Career Development Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

Community sports scoreboard, May 6

first_img Share: Anna DeRoos — 9, reining; 35, barrels; 28, figure 8; 36, pole bending; 35, individual flags. Total points: 12.Linnea Franki — 9, barrels; 24, figure 8; 28, pole bending; 16, individual flags. Total points: 11.Georgia Jensen — 6, in-hand trail; 1, barrels; 23, figure 8; 1, pole bending; 19, individual flags. Total points: 53.Emily Livingston — 23, showmanship; 28, barrels; 19, keyhole; 51, pole bending; 31, individual flags.Emily Nadal — 2, barrels; 9, figure 8; 15, pole bending; 28, individual flags. Total points: 30.Justin Packer — 7, showmanship; 17, stock seat equitation; 25, keyhole; 59, figure 8; 53, pole bending. Total points: 14.Maggie Skinner — 41, barrels; 29, figure 8; 33, individual flags. Total points: 5.Stina Tapio — 4, trail equitation; 1, reining; 3, working rancher; 2, steer daubing. Total points: 69.Mackenzie Taylor — 1, steer daubing; 4, barrels; 13, keyhole; 3, figure 8; 7, pole bending. Total points: 64.Lauren Tedsen — 15, hunt seat equitation; 4, in-hand trail; 19, showmanship; 16, stock seat equitation. Total points: 18.Emma Uusitalo — 3, break-away roping; 35, figure 8; 48, pole bending; 15, individual flags. Total points: 21.Emma Watson — 33, barrels; 18, keyhole; 51, figure 8; 34, pole bending; 9, individual flags. Total points: 12.Canadian Flag Race — 3, Briar Abbot, Linnea Fraki, Mackenzie Taylor, Emma Uusitalo; 7, Gwen Bruck, Georgia Jensen, Maggie Skinner, Stina Tapio; 14, Kaylin Coles, Anna DeRoos, Emily Livingston, Emma Watson.Freestyle 6+ — 2, Briar Abbot, Hayden Beyer, Gwen Bruck, Anna DeRoos, Emily Livingston, Emily Nadal, Maggie Skinner, Mackenzie Taylor, Emma Uusitalo, Emma Watson.In Hand Obstacle Relay — 2, Briar Abbot, Gwen Bruck, Kaylin Coles, Justin Packer; 7, Hayden Beyer, Anna DeRoos; Emily Livingston, Laren Tedsen. Share: The Hockinson High equestrian drill team placed second at the WAHSET District 6 Meet 2 at Wenatchee over the weekend of April 18-21, 2019. (Contributed photo) By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. April 23Spotters — Linda Atwell 147-153-233 533.April 25Economy — Men: Ron Kreitzer 189-203-231 623; Women: Jan Worland 178-204-135 517.April 29Moose Mixed — Men: Dave Jones 224-163-279 666; Women: Amanda Van Meter 232-160-231 623.April 30Spotters — Jan Worland 178-176-167 515.HONOR SCORESMen300 — DJ Jones, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, April 9299 — Jared Chilson, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, April 16279 — Mike Armstrong, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, April 9279 — Jason Lower, Hazel Dell HD Commerical, April 11279 — Ryan Conroy, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, April 16279 — Scott Shaffer, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, April 16279 — Dave Jones, Hazel Dell Moose Mixed, April 29276 — Chip Fullbright, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, April 9270 — Brandan Frankie, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, April 16269 — Larry Brown, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, April 9269 — Andy Solberg, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, April 9268 — Randy Patterson, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, April 9268 — Tim Corpron, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, April 9268 — Curtis Bergheim, Hazel Dell HD Commerical, April 11267 — Bill Doty, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, April 9267 — Ed Milhaly, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, April 9267 — David Winton, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, April 16267 — Mark Smudde, Hazel Dell HD Commerical, April 18266 — Brandan Frankle, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, April 9266 — Fred Logue, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, April 16265 — John Fantini, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, April 9Women279 — Amanda Van Meter, Hazel Dell Moose Mixed, April 22EQUESTRIANWAHSET District 6, Meet 2 At WenatcheeApril 18-21Hockinson High School placingsBriar Abbot — 2, reining; 2, showmanship; 6, stock seat equitation; 16, figure 8; 6, pole bending. Total points: 59.Hayden Beyer — 4, in-hand trail; 46, barrels; 44, figure 8. Total points: 17.Gwen Bruck — 5, dressage; 2, hunt seat over fences; 10, showmanship; 21, barrels; 36, figure 8. Total points: 39.Kaylin Coles — 2, dressage; 1, trail equitation; 3, reining; 5, stock seat equitation; 1, working rancher. Total points: 86. Economy — Men: Derek Donohoe 243-193-224 650; Women: Jan Worland 164-181-213 558.April 19Senior League — Men: Dave Lampert 218-208-199 625; Women: Karla Aspinwall 245-207-158 610.Senior Rollers — Men: Jay Vallandingham 236-217-226 679; Women: Carole Hess 168-167-157 492, Shirley Hoisington 157-159-176 492.April 22Moose Mixed — Men: Tim Russell 247-217-226 690; Women: Amanda Van Meter 146-176-279 601. BOWLINGLOCAL LEAGUESAt Bailey’s Tiger BowlApril 30Battle Ground School Employees — Men: Tod Garred 188-147-174 509; Women: Collette Heiman 135-132-111 378.Tuesday Tigerettes — Karla Aspinwall 208-192-178 578.At Husted Hazel Dell LanesApril 9Alki-Nuts — DJ Jones 300-224-268 792.April 11HD Commercial — Men: Jason Lower 248-279-200 727; Women: Jennifer Bergheim 193-215-214 622.April 16Spotters — Jan Worland 179-144-217 540.Alki-Nuts — Jared Chilson 299-237-217 753.April 18Women’s Classic — Bonnie Duback 221-152-174 547.HD Commercial — Men: Curtiss Bergheim 257-182-258 697; Women: Shelby Neves 205-222-201 628. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community.center_img Subscribe Today Published: May 6, 2019, 6:18pm Team sorting — 2, Briar Abbot, Hayden Beyer, Linnea Fraki; 5, Gwen Bruck, Emily Nadal; 8, Kaylin Coles, Georgia Jensen.Two-man birangle — 1, Linnea Fraki, Mackenzie Taylor; 3, Briar Abbot, Georgia Jensen; 5, Gwen Bruck, Emily Livingston; 15, Emily Nadal, Emma Uusitalo; 17, Stina Tapio, Emma Watson; 18, Anna DeRoos, Maggie Skinner; 25, Hayden Beyer, Kaylin Coles.Working pairs — 1, Briar Abbot, Kaylin Coles; 4, Gwen Bruck, Lauren Tedsen; 10, Hayden Beyer, Justin Packer. Community sports scoreboard, May 6 GO By The Columbian Receive latest stories and local news in your email:last_img read more