Now is the time to talk to your manager

Have you spent the year putting off that tough conversation? Now is the time to have it, and here’s how.
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Is there something that has been niggling at you during this past year on the job?  

Performance reviews offer a moment to broach those conversations with your manager, but as an employee, we don’t often tend to say, ‘Hey, I want a performance review’.

But niggling questions should not stop you from asking, ‘Can I make a time to talk to you?’ Inevitably, the bounce back answer will be, ‘What about?’ Be assertive and explain that you would rather not do this on the fly, but would like the clarity of a quiet space for ‘a catch-up before the year ends’.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina