Sometimes you need to go to your manager to get help solving a problem at work. And that's totally fine—your boss is there to help you, and working together to get out of a tricky situation will help you know how to tackle it down the line.
But sometimes, you're able to solve a problem all by yourself—and that's amazing! In that case, your boss never even has to know there was an issue in the first place, right?
Wrong. Talking to your manager about what happened, even when you don't need him or her to weigh in, shows that you're able to handle increasingly challenging things on your own—which could help out in your next performance review or when your name comes up for a promotion.
Whether you chat in person or shoot over a quick email, take these four steps to make sure your boss walks away informed and impressed.
1. Start With Why You're Sharing It
2. Give a Quick Rundown of the Situation
3. Explain What Worked—and What Didn't
4. End With Plans for Moving Forward
Problem solving is a skill that will get you far in your professional life, so you don't want to shy away from showing it off! Follow these steps, and you'll garner a reputation for being a master of tackling a challenge.