(Original post from Career Contessa ):
Improving your relationship with your work—and your boss—comes down to one thing: clear communication.
Well, what if we told you there’s a way to be certain that you and your manager are on the same page? There’s a two-step email system that holds all the answers. And it’s so simple, it just. might. work.
Step One: The Monday Morning Email
This email should be short, sweet, and to the point. No reason for any fluff! Read an example of what my email would look like below.
Here’s a peek at my prioritized to-do list for this week. Let me know if I should make any changes.
Top Priorities (Completed this week)
1. Add Natalie Franke Interview to CMS
2. Prepare for/Execute Editorial Meeting Agenda
3. Write Article for Finding Excitement in the Workplace
1. Salary Project/Data+CMS
2. Editorial Calendar—February
Any feedback is appreciated.
This initial email clearly communicates each of your expectations and shows organization on your part. Added bonus: it showcases your ability to take initiative, as well as your project management skills. You can also use this email as a reference throughout the week, for those “What am I supposed to be doing again?” moments.
Step Two: The Friday Update Email
At the end of the week, you want to send a recap summarizing where each project stands and what you completed during the week. Be sure to list any unfinished items, work that still needs to be looked over, and include any questions or clarifications you may have.
Here’s what I was able to complete this week. I added some questions/pending items going forward.
1. Added Natalie Franke Interview to CMS
2. Executed Editorial Meeting—Reflected all updates to titles/leadboxes
3. Finished Article: Excitement in the Workplace (In Drafts)
4. Pulled Data for Salary Project
1. Need to write intro in CMS for Salary Project
2. Editorial Calendar—February/Who are we interviewing?
3. January Kickstarter—Team meeting soon?
That’s it for now, I’ll follow up next week.
Have a lovely weekend, see you Monday.
So easy, right? Try it out this week, and see if those miscommunications with your boss fade away.