Revealing To My Boss I Am Not Confident In My Current Tasks
June 14,2019 at 7:39PM UTC
Today (after another hiccup), I decided I want to tell my boss that the new task he gave me to manage a job is starting to overwhelm me and I am not sure I am up to the task 100%. The tricky part of this is; he gave me the task to run a job onsite (I work in construction) because Project Management is my next career goal. Unfortunately, I have exercised about all of the experience and knowledge I have towards this and I have run into two scearios recently that could have a slight cost impact on this work, which makes me second guess what I am doing. The caviat is, I'm not %100 sure what I am doing on this-all of the time. So that backs up my lack of confidence. I'd like to communicate this to my boss in a way that conveys my intent to keep our bottom line clean and our schedule on track but also let him know that I want to take accountability for what I do not know and/or am unable to do. I work in a male dominated industry and sometimes have a little trouble navigating communication. Any advice? Part of my reservation is that I am new to the industry and have a lot less experience than the people around me which doesn't lend to me feeling adequate (most of the time).
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Hi all - ok this is a first.
The new boss, promoted from within, and I are a bad fit, to put it mildly. I put in my two weeks’ notice, and she replied that I could leave tomorrow.
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