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Performance reviews aren’t supposed to be one-sided affairs. As the name suggests, they’re chances for your bosses to tell you how you’re doing, but they’re also opportunities to talk to your higher-ups and tell them what you like and don’t like about the job. It should be a conversation, and in a helpful post for the Daily Muse, nine experts from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) offer tips on what to say during your next performance review.

As the YEC crew puts it, “you’re part of a team, and talking about what’s working, what’s not, and what would make you a better professional can only help your boss be a stronger leader.” Scroll down to see the nine places they suggest you steer the conversation.

1. Happiness — Talking about what makes you happy shows that you really care about the job, according to John Tabis of the Bouqs Company.

2. Growth — Bosses favor employees who are constantly trying to gain new skills and better themselves. Who wants to work for a company where everyone is content in their position? That’s not a recipe for innovation.

3. What You Want to Work On — Is there a project you’d like to take on? Show some initiative and make the suggestion, Phil Laboon, CEO of Clear Sky, advises.

4. The Future — If the boss starts chatting about the big picture — i.e. where the company is headed in weeks, months, and years to come — be sure to talk about how you see yourself fitting in.

5. How Your Success Overlaps With the Companies — As Joe Apfelbaum of Ajax Union tells the Daily Muse, he’s “looking for employees who ask me how they can contribute to our vision because they see company success as ours. Show your boss that you see business growth as a joint endeavor.”

6. What You Need — Part of your manager’s job is giving you the tools you need to succeed, and if he or she is falling short, your performance will suffer. Speak up and tell the company how it can help you help them.

7. Tech Upgrades — Even if your boss is a tech wiz, there’s a chance he or she doesn’t know about that new app or device that you’re certain will increase productivity. Your performance review is a great time to suggest tech upgrades you feel will help the team.

8. What the Boss Should Quit Doing — “Employees are regularly bringing up ideas of what we could add to our products or operations that would make the company better,” says Bhavin Parikh of Magoosh Inc. “I wish employees would also tell me what we should stop doing (innovation through subtraction).”

9. What’s Working? What’s Not? — Even if you don’t hold a senior position, you see what goes on day to day, and you know what’s working and what isn’t. This is valuable information to the higher-ups, who may not have time to focus on the small stuff.


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