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For this installment of Musings with Mitch, I have written a mythical letter to a fictional boss from the perspective of dedicated employee. Please note that my intention is not to suggest that writing a letter such as this is an appropriate way to communicate with your supervisor or leader. However, leaders and employees may find some educational value from this perspective.

Employee Evaluation

 Dear Boss:

 I appreciate the opportunity to work for this organization. You have surrounded me with talented and motivated employees and you provide us with fair compensation. However, I would like to offer a few suggestions which, I feel, will make our team more productive.  

 First, it would be nice if you spent more time being available and accessible to us, getting to know who we are. I know that you have a busy schedule, but my peers and I have our own career goals. You are the best person to coach us and help us to achieve these goals.

 Second, there are times when I complete an assignment you have given me, only to find that you were disappointed with the result, or completed the task yourself so that it could be done the way you wanted. These results, in my opinion, are not due to my inability to do the job right, but rather your unwillingness to communicate the desired or expected outcome. I am smart, capable and motivated. I want be perceived as smart in your eyes. What would most help me is for you to communicate your expectations in a way that allows me to do my best work.

 Third, I recognize that from time-to-time you must correct me when I make a mistake.  But, at times I am confused by the inconsistency of your criticisms among the individuals on our team. This inconsistency in leadership makes me feel that my value to the organization is less than my co-worker’s, and that I am incapable of becoming a top-performer. I know that I can’t be a top performer unless you and the other leaders in the organization hold me accountable to do things right. Therefore, if I make a mistake or perform a task with less then desirable results please tell me. If my attitude or my appearance don’t meet your expectations and create the perception, in your mind, that I’m not capable of being promoted, please tell me what I can do to improve. 

 Lastly, I know that you are human and will have bad days just like everyone else.  However, when you are in a bad mood it does affect the morale of our organization. It’s not so much that you bark at us, but that you often seem preoccupied and unapproachable. We care about you, and we want you to be successful.  But, we want to be thought of as teammates, not simply as human assets that must be deployed in the most cost-effective manner.

 Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. To me, the greatest legacy of a strong leader is one where every team member achieves a level of happiness and success that they didn’t know was possible. You have a very important and difficult job. I respect you very much. However, your actions have taught me that your job is one of unforgiving difficulty, and is not a position I should aspire for because it’s obvious you aren’t having any fun. While I’m not looking to change my employment path at this time, if I happen to find an organization out there that can help me be a better me, I will be listening. 


Your Trusted Employee

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6 Responses to “Dear Boss”

  1. Angie Bosch, Employee of Pacific Continental Bank says:

    Mitch, I think this is a very honest and interesting perspective. It makes you think, regardless of which side of the “letter” you land on. Great post!

  2. Mitch says:

    Thank you Angie!

  3. Gary Pierpoint, Employee of Pacific Continental Bank says:

    Thanks Mitch for the “right on” comments. As a former supervisor, we need to reflect on our outward appearance as this is what our employees “see”. this works at home too. gp

  4. Mitch says:

    Thank you for sharing Gary!

  5. Katerina Kuznetsova, Employee of Pacific Continental Bank says:

    This is very good. From one hand I wish that all of us have written a letter similar to this addressing the circumstances. I also wish that more managers would read it and comment.  It takes courage for an employee to address these issues. And it takes a very smart manager to learn from it.

  6. Mitch says:

    I certainly agree with you. Great points and thank you for your comment!

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