When to Tell Your Boss You’re Not Happy at Work

Some people constantly experience discomfort and misfortune at working life. Sometimes good work may not get you a promotion. Even a new boss may start shredding your daily routine.

Sometimes it is hard to tell your manager that you are unhappy at work – he may think you are already searching a new job and treat you unkind from then on…However, it can also bring you some positive changes. Your boss cannot find a solution unless you tell him you´ve got a problem.  There is a chance of improvement then. To make your work environment a more livable space is much easier than let go your current job and find a new one – go for it and take a risk. When is a good time to tell him and how to do it.

YES

If you can identify the problem (and if you have aready found a solution to this problem), it’s always a big advantage. If you have a plan in you head, the consequences will not be harmful. Your position in this situation is good.

NO

On the other hand, if you are not sure what could make you more satisfied, think twice. You certainly know a sentence like this “Stop your sobbing, you´d better come up with the solution”, it´s a typical reply of a manager dealing with some non-productive complaints.

NO

If the manager cannot help you with it and you are unhappy because of the changes in company policy, bad decisions of one of the senior managers in higher position in the company than your manager, for some other reasons beyond his control, it´s useless to inform him. In this situation you´d better visit your HR.

YES

If you are deeply dissatisfied and you have nothing to lose, and you have 90% certainty to get another job and now you are just trying to make sure that nothing can be done, otherwise your manager is unwilling to help. At least one positive thing for yourself is that you have tried really hard.

YES

Does your boss have a good reputation? Does he care for his employees,  listen to them, and in every situation try to find a solution? Then do not hesitate to inform him.

NO

But if your current job is the only one for you, and you must keep it at all costs, do not take a risk. You´d better solve the problem yourself and think about possible changes you can make now and in the near future. Patience and face-down restraint can pay off.

NO

Once you know that your manager is not your ally before you entrust him,  your job may be at risk and you will be fired soon. Yes, this is it…
Keep in mind that dissatisfaction or discomfort at work may ruin your life. Think twice before you knock on his door. Don´t make him feel like that nothing can make you keep your current job. On the contrary, let him know that you are inclined to possible changes and also you appreciate your current  position in the company.

Lenka Nejedlá, Marketing Specialist