How do I manage my boss's expectations?
June 23, 2008 6:40 PM Subscribe
InOverMyHeadFilter: I'm in a job where I have unrealistic performance goals that I didn't get to see until after I had been working for a week or so. I don't think they're obtainable and my job/bonus (hah, bonus, funny) depends on it. The kicker is that I actually like the job more or less (not a dream job though) and I'm moving at the end of the week so I can't really quit...How can I manage the expectations of my boss and management without looking like I can't do my job?
posted by Elminster24 to Work & Money (5 answers total)
Prior to this I was at my last job for a little less than a year before being let go and if I left this place after only a couple months it would look REALLY bad on my resume.
The goals are sales-related goals and when you look at where they are month by month they skyrocket at the time I started working there, going from reasonable to ridiculous. Of course these goals are based on what is needed to hit our numbers for the year so if we don't hit them we're screwed but that doesn't make them any more reasonable.
I'd like to stay there I think but I need help managing expectations with my boss and management when the pressure starts increasing like it has been recently.
I'm happy to answer more questions if clarification is needed on anything.