It's Just Lunch.... or is it?
August 13, 2013 3:45 PM Subscribe
What should I talk about with my boss over lunch tomorrow?
posted by otherwordlyglow to Work & Money (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My boss takes each of us out about once a year for a one-on-one lunch. There are about a dozen of us in the department and I work in a large public university on the administrative side. The lunch is actually with the head of the department so technically, my boss's boss. She usually picks the spot and generally the conversations is pretty general: How are you doing? Are there things you'd like to work on in the next year? How are things with co-workers? Maybe a little bit of personal updates on families and such and usually I just try to make it through without sounding stupid or complaining too much about anything. I let her take the lead and just try to be positive and enthusiastic. I think she likes to get some insider info on what's going on at the staff level and in general, I'm fine with a little gossip.
However, I'd like to make the most of this opportunity this time around. What kind of topics would be good to broach here? What's off limits? What kind of strategy should I have for this?
I've been in my job for 7 years now and been promoted in the last year. My boss is a nice person and I have a pretty good relationship with her so I'm fairly comfortable in one-on-one discussions.