5 tips for having an honest discussion about job satisfaction with your boss

John Tabis

You're not happy. You haven't been for weeks, but you can't tell your boss.

After all, what if it backfires? Open communication and honesty don't seem like your boss' style — a typical perception in many organizations, and particularly for new employees. In fact, only half of employees believe their boss is open and upfront with them, according to the American Psychological Association's 2014 Work and Well-Being Survey.

Regardless of this stifling perception, you should speak up. If you experience something in your job that makes you unhappy and isn't within your direct control, say so. It's the only way your boss can work to make it better — and you simply can't expect them to be a mind-reader. So get yourself together, get in there and make the job better, simply by getting real with your boss.

Here are a few suggestions to consider before you share what’s on your mind.

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