How to let your manager know you’re struggling

Been struggling with your workload or specific tasks lately? Let your manager know! Communication is key and it is important to inform your manager if you are struggling with a particular aspect of your job. They are there to help and guide you so that you continue doing well within your role, especially when working with clients. 

In this blog, we discuss the best approach for raising concerns with your manager when you feel like you’re struggling at work. 

1.Come prepared

Before the meeting, take some time to identify the specific challenges you’re tackling and write them down so you don’t forget anything. This will help you convey your concerns more clearly. It is also a good idea to consider possible solutions you think would help you address these challenges and voice these in the meeting as this will highlight you as a proactive social worker, rather than someone looking to complain.

2.Start on a good foot 

Begin the conversation with a positive tone, acknowledging your appreciation for the support and guidance your manager has provided thus far. After all, if you go throwing a hissy fit your boss is going to be way less inclined to help out!

3.Be honest

There’s no point beating around the bush when it comes to feeling overwhelmed at work, so make sure you are open about the issues you’re facing. The more information you provide, the better equipped your manager will be to help you resolve the problem. 

4.Illustrate your struggles with examples 

Share specific examples or scenarios to illustrate your difficulties. This helps your manager understand the context and gravity of the situation.

5.Be open to feedback

Be receptive to any feedback or suggestions your manager provides during the conversation. Remember, this is an opportunity for mutual learning and growth. Even if the meeting doesn’t go exactly as you’d hoped, it is important to take your manager’s suggestions on board and put them into practice before returning for further guidance. 

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carlette Isaac

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