🐋 How to message your boss
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Hello, Tech Pod! 💦
How and when to message your boss is one of those things that you aren’t taught – but are expected to know anyway.
We’ll make a bet you’ve had these thoughts ⬇️
“Should I ask for help or try to figure it out on my own?”
“Why didn’t they respond?”
“Am I being annoying?”
So, this week, we’re breaking down:
When to ask for help ⌚️
How to ask for a decision 💭
What ‘no response’ means + how to follow up 💬
Let’s go! ⬇️
When to ask for help
What to consider before reaching out for help:
Can I figure this out on my own?
Can I complete this task and get help afterward?
Is this a low-risk decision I can make myself?
Best practice will depend on your manager’s style — do they prefer frequent check-ins or do they appreciate independence? You don’t have to guess or learn from trial and error, just ask them directly from the start.
Understanding their work-style will not only show initiative, but also help you in the long-run.
When you do reach out:
Keep your message as succinct as possible — present the problem clearly and contextually.
Don’t waste a message cycle with “Can I ask you a question?” Just ask it.
Don’t start with “Can we hop on a call?” Try to get an answer through DM first.
But in the end, don’t be afraid to ask for help!
When you need a decision from them
Help your boss make a decision by presenting the data succinctly — offer a recommendation they can either agree with or suggest changes to, ideally in a few sentences.
This Twitter thread explains it best:
Final Words 💦
Try to just get the job done. Don’t let fear of mistakes make you dependent on continual help — but again, don’t be afraid to ask for it when it’s needed.
Don’t take it personally — short or late responses are because they’re busy, not because they’re annoyed or don’t value you.
Busy bosses have waves of messages hitting them all day — if you don’t get a response in 24hrs, it was likely lost in their sea of messages. Don’t be afraid to send them a gentle follow-up. For example:
“Hi there, <boss>,
Just following up on this – hoping to get thing rolling within the next few days, and wanted to get your opinion. Let me know when you get a chance, thanks!
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Written by Jacqueline Mastrelli