How to Give Feedback to Your IT Manager

As in any other field, giving feedback to your manager in information technology can be a dicey thing.  IT contractors and IT recruiters may have completely valid feedback, but delivering it to IT managers in a way that avoids soured relationships or terminations can be tricky.   Below are a few ways IT consultants and technical recruiters can offer negative feedback to bosses without doing permanent damage to their resumes:

  1. Pay attention to time and place: Pick a time that your boss will be at his or her calmest and least stressed.  Pick a place that’s private.  Nobody wants to receive criticism in public—least of all a manager.
  2. Phrase the criticism well: Can it be put into an ‘I’ statement?  Can it be thinly disguised in a story about a fictitious friend or acquaintance?  The less this criticism actually feels like criticism, the better.
  3. Leave any drama out of it.  The easier this conversation is, the better.  Jokes may help, as will keeping any emotion out of it.


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AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.