Your manager comes to you with a new project. This is great as taking on new tasks is a sign that your boss trusts you to get the job done. However, after discussing it, you are still left with a few unanswered questions. While you might be able to get by with some of the information missing, there are certain topics that should be fully addressed before you begin working on something you haven’t done before. By asking the questions below, you’ll be on solid ground as you make your way through the unfamiliar territory.
This is perhaps the most important question and surprisingly one of the most overlooked ones. There is a big difference between needing this done by tomorrow, next week or next month. You’ll want to know the deadline so you’re able to prioritize this new task with the other ones you already have. If you’re feeling overwhelmed as a result of this new assignment, take a look some of our tips and tricks to meet deadlines.
Most of the time, this will come up in the initial discussions of the project, but if the expectations and goals aren’t clear, disaster could arise. You’ll want to try and get as many details as possible so that your work meets what the boss is looking for. To further determine expectations and goals, you can ask if someone else has done this assignment or a similar one in the past. From there, your boss may be able to provide you with specific processes or methods that can be taken to achieve success this time around.
While your boss is the one that assigned the task, they may not be the only one that has relevant information on how to get it done. Related to the previous question, you should find out if anyone has done a similar duty and reach out to them for advice. You’ll also want to make sure that you know who to get in touch with if you run into any issues.
You’ll want to know that the work you’re doing is worth doing. By knowing the benefits and impact this assignment will have on the company, you’ll understand the value of the task. This will give a greater context, allowing relationships throughout the organization to be recognized and areas of improvement to be seen.