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Want to bring up issues about co-workers but not sound like a griper?

Here’s the situation: It’s almost performance review time, and Rob is wondering just how honest he can be with his boss.

He likes his job, but he’s also tired of picking up the slack for others who don’t really pull their weight. He feels like this is his chance to speak up. But how does he say it?

Liz Ryan, a workplace expert, gives her advice on how to speak up during a review:

Broach the slacking-teammates issue in the larger context of “here’s my take on the past year.”

Example: “I’m really glad for the chance to talk about the year. I was really proud of my accomplishments, such as ____. I was thrilled with our department’s successes, such as ____. And I’m happy that I was able provide key support on some companywide projects, such as ____. Of course, I can also see that I still have a lot of work to do on ___.

“There were a few things that slowed me down last year, and I’d love your advice on those. I felt that quite often I lost valuable time on meeting my goals when I found myself picking up the slack for Jane and John. Maybe you have some suggestions on how to solve that problem this year. I love our team, but I don’t want my work to suffer when some of the gang doesn’t follow through.”

By saying it this way, you put the emphasis on your personal goals and productivity, and you send the message that you’re a problem-solver, not a griper.

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