How Often Should I Update My Supervisor?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about communicating with the boss:

How often should I update my supervisor as to what I have been doing, workwise?

Signed, Keeping Track

Dear Keeping Track:

Unless you’ve been told otherwise, there is no clear time frame for communicating with your manager about work. The following three ideas might be helpful for deciding in your specific situation.

1. Ask your manager if there is a time frame in which he would like to be updated. For example, would he like a weekly or monthly meeting or a weekly email?

2. Let your manager know when you have done something that he or she may need to know about or want to know about. Those times might be when there is a liability concern or when the results of your work may have an effect on other employees or on the group overall.

3. Make letting your manager know about your work become part of your routine conversations. Those conversations might touch on how you can improve your work, what tasks need to be done and what work you would like to do in the future. In those conversations you can reflect about recent work or special projects. You can also ask for advice or feedback. Unless an employee is very excessive about talking or writing, most managers would rather have a bit too much information than to have no information or only a little. Usually you can tell by observing a manager’s reactions whether or not he or she thinks you are communicating too much. But, when in doubt….ask.Best wishes with keeping your boss informed.

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina had a thirty-three year career in law enforcement, serving with the Denver Police Department from 1969-1994 and was the Presidential United States Marshal for Colorado from 1994-2002. She provides training to law enforcement organizations and private sector groups and does conference presentations related to leadership, workplace communications and customized topics. Her style is inspirational with humor.