Q: How do I have tough conversations with my boss about over commitment?
Welcome to Episode #10 of Engineering Career TV. The topic for this episode is Mastering Tough Conversations with your Boss.
I will spend most of the Engineering Career TV episodes answering questions that have been submitted from engineers around the world on how to rapidly advance their careers and live the lives they want to live.
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Let’s jump into today’s topic, Mastering Tough Conversations with your Boss, which is based on a question from Stan, who asks the following:
Q: My company doubled in size over the last year and my team has become over-committed to projects in that time. In the team’s over-committed firefighting state, they are cutting corners on management and career management. For most of the team this isn’t a major problem because they are tenure or senior-to-make, and have finished their education and certifications that have a clear career trajectory.
This does not apply to me and I feel marginalized because it seems like the work available for the engineering team over the next year is quite different from the kind of work I hoped to do. I’m trying to assess whether this is still a good fit for my development, so I’m wondering how to frame a meeting with my boss to resolve this situation.
A: The full answer can be seen in the video above, but here are a few of the main points:
- In your conversation with your boss, bring up quality control measures that could be put in place.
- Let your boss know that being over-committed would potentially decrease the quality of work, revenue, and client base.
- Be honest with your boss.
- Bring solutions to the table.
- Be prepared for the downside of this scenario i.e. getting fired.
I hope you found this episode of Engineering Career TV helpful.
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To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success