Reaching your boss for suggestions is a difficult objective. Their time is precious and limited. Also, as a business owner, it’s not always easy to take advice from someone who doesn’t have a sizeable investment of capital in your company. That doesn’t mean that your ideas aren’t valued and potentially impactful, you just have to find the right way to make your approach.
In many areas, your perspective is one of great value to your business’ owner. It’s likely he doesn’t have the exposure to customer service or co-workers that you do. You keep up with industry or marketing trends and–from research–stem innovative ideas.
Advice to Heed
1. Get down to brass tacks. Your boss views his time as a precious commodity. If you’re direct and you get to the point, he’ll appreciate it.
2. Think about what’s in it for him. Your life may revolve around you, but his doesn’t. Will it make your manufacturing company stronger? If it won’t, then it will not resonate with him. Don’t waste your time.
3. Consider where your idea ranks in the grand scheme of things during the current climate. If there’s a large fish on the fryer and you approach him with a solution to anything other than that, you’ll only irritate him. During stressful times, your best bet is simply to stay out of the way.
4. If you’re emotionally tied to your idea then you’re starting off on the wrong foot. We all have our own unique emotional triggers. Appeal to your supervisor’s logic. If you’re going to be rigid or angry you won’t accomplish anything worthwhile.
5. Have you done your due diligence? You don’t want to haphazardly present an idea to your boss that requires further research to be done. Again, he doesn’t have time for that. Follow through and complete the process for your benefit.
6. Have an idea or two about how this new idea may be implemented. Even if your plan doesn’t get utilized it shows your boss that you’re thinking big picture and it may lead a quicker installment. Considering the process in its entirety may impress your leadership.
Industrial companies are constantly evolving and taking on new products and services for their customers. Through evolution comes imperfect practice and quests for efficiency. A proposal that improves quality and/or the bottom line is welcome in any business. Who knows, with a great idea you might just earn yourself a raise.
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