How to Talk to Your Boss in English
Most of us want to make a good impression with our boss or project manager. Creating a great relationship with a line manager can make a promotion or pay rise more likely.
But it's one thing to do this with a boss who speaks your own language – and quite another thing to do it in another language. So if your boss is an English speaker, here are some tips for using the right English.
Remember to be polite
Ask for things or make suggestions rather than making orders. (So "Could I" or "Do you think we should" instead of "You should" or "You must".)
Remember to use polite modals as well: would, could, may and so on. Here are some examples of how you can use these modals in polite words and expressions.
Don't be that person who always complains or tries to get out of a task. Instead, show your boss that you're happy to be in the job and pleased to learn new things. If a boss sees that you're enthusiastic, you're more likely to get interesting projects to do, and you'll also become known as a good worker.
Offer to do things in the office and to get involved. Here are some great phrases for this.
Be open to feedback
It's important for your boss to know that you are keen to progress in the job. One way to do this is to check in with your boss and to ask for feedback. You need to know if you're doing something right, or if you need to make improvements in how you're doing your work.
Check out these feedback phrases that you can use with your boss.
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