Want to tell your boss what you think without fear of reprisals?
- Published: 15/10/2012 at 10:31 AM
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If you've got a problem with your boss but don't know what to do about it, help could be at hand in the form of Tell Your Boss Anything, a new website that allows users to anonymously email their managers and tell them how they feel and resolve issues at work.
Tell Your Boss Anything allows users to communicate openly and anonymously with their managers. ©AISPIX by Image Source/shutterstock.com
Often when things are bad at work, people keep their heads down and don't address the issue -- moaning to friends and family about what's going on instead. And, before long everyone in your social media circle has unfriended you.
Usually the problem is just a question of communication. If you could tell your boss what was wrong, anonymously and openly, without nerves getting in the way, maybe everything would be OK. Tell Your Boss Anything, a new web service created by Happiily, allows users to email their boss and say what's on their mind, without fear of reprisals, in the hope of addressing issues and creating a better working environment.
In an email to Relaxnews on October 10, the company's Chief Happiness Officer, Tom Williams, explained the motivation for the site came from knowing that even the best workplaces have communication issues:"We had a good instinct that even in great corporate cultures, candid feedback was hard to get. There are a lot of questions that people don't feel comfortable asking in a meeting, or a lot of times when the answer we give to our boss is very different than what we want to share with our bosses. We felt that people wanted to be honest, but that they didn't always feel comfortable doing so."
Although it doesn't quite offer the same levels of anonymity as the comments sections found below the line on most internet articles -- users must refrain from vulgarity or extremist comments -- it does enable the open discussion and resolution of issues and problems at work. Simply email the site and Tell Your Boss Anything will send an anonymous message on your behalf to your boss and encourage him or her to respond.
Williams claims that it only took one hour for Tell Your Boss Anything, which has now been live for a month, to resolve its first issue. "We're most surprised by how managers have embraced this service. And many CEOs are using this as a 'suggestion box' for the whole company already. Employees are writing us to tell us that Tell Your Boss Anything has helped build a better relationship with their boss," says Williams.
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