Most people are quick to point out when they’re not happy at work, and rightly so.
But few take the time to tell their boss or manager when they are happy, yet this feedback can be just as crucial.
If you’re happy within your current role, you should tell your boss so they know you’re happy – it’ll help them better understand how operations are going.
If you’re stuck for ideas on how to tell them, here are a couple of ways how to tell your boss you are happy at work:
How to Tell Your Boss You Are Happy at Work – Two Ways
Tell Them in Person
This is the best way to tell your boss you’re happy, but I appreciate it’s not always possible or something everyone is comfortable with.
If you can, book in a quick five-minute meeting with your boss to let them know how you’re finding things.
Telling them face-to-face is something they’ll appreciate, here are a couple of additional tips that might come in handy:
Plan What You’re Going to Say
You don’t need to have a full speech prepared, but it helps to know what points you want to raise before sitting down with your boss.
Even though you’re probably going to make their day by giving them good news, I’m sure their time is valuable, and the last thing you want to do is stumble over your words.
Think about what you’re enjoying most about the job, any challenges you’re relishing, and how you feel you’ve settled in.
Make some notes about the key points you want to get across and make sure you know what you want to say.
Arrange a Time to Speak with Them
The next tip is not to corner your boss or catch them at an inconvenient time, otherwise, they might not have time to listen and might misinterpret what you’re saying.
Instead, book in a meeting or send them an email asking if they have time for a quick chat.
This way they know it’s important to you, and they’ll be able to give you their undivided attention.
It doesn’t need to be a big deal and you don’t want to come across like you’re looking for something in return, it’s just about making sure you have their attention.
Write Them an Email
If you’re not comfortable speaking to your boss in person for any reason, another option is sending them an email.
Don’t worry, it’s not any less personal or meaningful telling them you’re happy by email.
In fact, one of the benefits is that you’re giving them something they can keep on record which is always a good thing when it’s something as positive as letting them know you’re happy.
It also gives your boss an opportunity to think about what they’re going to say and reply when they have time.
So, if you want to tell your boss you are happy at work, sending an email is just as good as telling them in person.
They may even choose to come and speak with you in person after reading the email.
Things to Say when Telling You Boss You’re Happy
If you’re not sure how to word it when expressing your happiness to your boss, my best advice is to keep it simple.
You could say something like:
- “I’m really enjoying my role here, I feel like I’m doing well and settling in nicely. I just wanted to give you a little feedback to that effect.”
- “I just wanted to let you know that I like the challenges I’m facing in my role. I’m learning new things all the time and appreciate all the opportunities I’m getting here.”
- “I wanted to let you know that I’m really happy with how things are going, and I’m hoping you feel the same. I’ve been made to really feel like I’m part of the team, and I’m appreciated for the work I’m doing.”
- “I’ve been here for a while now and we don’t always get an opportunity to talk, so I just wanted to grab a few minutes of your time to let you know I’m happy with how things are going! It’s a joy working here, and I really appreciate all the support I’ve received from you and my coworkers.”
These are just a few examples, but I’m sure you can come up with your own based on how you’re feeling.
The important thing is to be genuine and to let them know that you’re happy with how things are going.
I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to hear it!
Why Should You Let Your Boss Know that You’re Happy at Work?
I’ll admit, it’s a lot less common for someone to let their boss know they’re happy than it is to hear from someone who is unhappy.
Which is all the more reason to tell your boss when you’re happy, that’ll love to hear that.
Any feedback should be welcomed from a manager, it helps them better understand how their team members are getting on and what’s working or not working so well.
But when that feedback is positive, it’s all the more appreciated.
It’s also a good opportunity to build a relationship with your boss and to let them know that you’re happy in your role.
You never know, down the line, it might come in handy.
On a side note, I’m happy to hear that you’re happy!
It’s estimated that around 70% of people are unhappy at work.
This statistic has always upset me because we spend a lot of our time at work and we have options.
You don’t have to stay in a role where you’re unhappy.
I’m really glad to hear that you’re one of the happy 30% and with your attitude and desire to always learn and improve, I’m sure you’ll continue to find happiness in whatever role you’re in.
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Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.