It may sound almost impossible, but learning how to criticize your boss can be done. You just have to do it in such a way that it won’t sound like an actual critique.

Still have your doubts? Well, if you want to learn how to criticize your boss the right way, read on.

Step 1: Tell The Good News First.

When it comes to handing out good news and bad news, it’s always better to start with the positive information. Don’t even ask your boss what they want to hear first.

The way it happens is that starting off with the negative news might not let you get to the positive one at all. Even if you do get to stutter what the good news is, your boss might not even pay any more attention to it since they're already too preoccupied with the bad one.

Starting off with the good news, however, will give you a fighting chance due to the principle of primacy. Your boss will more easily remember - and pay more attention to - the things you said first.

Step 2: Never Mention Names.

If your boss is the one at fault, you can’t identify them as the culprit directly. You might say that there has been a slight miscalculation in the prices; but don’t ever say that they're the one who miscalculated (even if it's true).

It’s not always easy to remember this when you’re standing in front of the boss, so it would be a good idea to rehearse what you’re about to say before going inside their office. Never embarrass your boss or mention their name, especially when you have company.

Step 3: Focus On The Solution.

Finally, if you want to know how to criticize your boss without losing your job, it’s best to simply focus on the solution. Putting too much attention on what went wrong will only make them feel like you’re playing the blame game (and if you do, then both of you lose).

Come up with several solutions to the problem and don’t be afraid to ask your boss for help as well. That way, they will feel like they're part of the solution rather than the problem.

It’s not always easy learning how to criticize your boss the right way. Some leaders are fine with their employees being straight and honest with them. If that is the kind of boss you have, then you’re pretty lucky.

Unfortunately, not everybody operates the same way. Even if you and your boss have a great working relationship, it’s still best to walk on the side of precaution.

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