7 people reveal what they wish their bosses knew about them

Whether sharing with your boss your long-term goals or your personal work style, communicating with your manager can be beneficial for both parties.

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By Natalia Lusinski, Business Insider

  • When it comes to your job, chances are, there are certain things you wish your employer knew about you.
  • From sharing your long-term goals with your boss to talking about your personal work style, communicating with your manager can lead to positive changes in your work life.
  • We asked 11 people what they wish their bosses knew about them and here's what we found.

While there may be things you wish your boss knew about you - things that could significantly improve your work life - for some reason, you keep them to yourself. 

As a result, your job situation may not be as ideal as you'd like it to be. 

"Effective communication is essential to a successful working relationship with your boss," Julia Rock, CEO of Rock Career Development, told Business Insider in an email. "We get frustrated because the boss doesn't appear to be giving us the responsiveness or support we need, or it appears they aren't setting the right expectations. However, communication is a two-way street." 

For instance, if your boss doesn't have a clear understanding of your preferred working style - autonomous versus structured - you may feel crowded or abandoned, Rock said. 

"While it's your manager's responsibility to share their expectations for your performance and the results they want you to deliver, it is your responsibility to speak up and ask for what you need," she said. 

We asked people what they wish their boss knew about them. Some subjects interviewed were given permission to use either just their first name or, in some cases, a pseudonym in order to protect their anonymity. 

Here are the things real workers wish their bosses knew about them.

"The way I work."

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"I’m an introvert."


"I’m an introvert." David Pipp, who blogs about personal finance and frugal living at, works as a senior production supervisor for a major medical device company by day.


"My long-term aspirations."

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"My long-term aspirations." "When I worked for IBM, I wished my bosses knew my long-term aspirations and recognized my potential," Jeff Skipper of Jeff Skipper Consulting told Business Insider. "The problem was that they didn't ask the 'right' questions and I didn't speak up. Looking back, the fault was mine."

"I was having a nervous breakdown."

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Nicole, an interviewee who wished to use a pseudonym, was working as a director of a division at a public relations company when her brother, who was also her best friend, was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer.

"It was heartbreaking for me, and I had what I called a 'walking nervous breakdown,' but I don't think I fully understood what was going on," she told Business Insider. "I became moody, snappy, and more anxious. It probably didn't help that I was a senior-level employee in an office filled with younger people who likely didn't understand the pain I was going through."

She said it all came to a head when her boss called her in and told Nicole no one liked working with her anymore. This made her more skittish and paranoid, she said, and she was later fired.

"I wished it had been handled a bit more sensitively," Nicole said. "Depression is often magnified in work, and I've found that most people run away from people who act depressed as if it is contagious. I think when a long time-employee changes so much, like I had, there should be more compassion instead of kicking them when they're down." 

"I don't want to organize every work activity."

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7 people reveal what they wish their bosses knew about them
Whether sharing with your boss your long-term goals or your personal work style, communicating with your manager can be beneficial for both parties.
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