How to talk to your boss if you're worried about losing your job - Business Insider
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Explain to your manager that you value your position and do not want anything to knock you off course, Lynn Taylor said.
It can be challenging to talk to your boss if you're worried about losing your job.

National workplace expert Lynn Taylor told Business Insider many employees are anxious about losing their jobs due to the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Taylor advises employees to set aside time to talk with their managers, ask for an explanation about job security at the company, and to approach the conversation in a non-threatening way.

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Unemployment claims have soared to record highs during the coronavirus pandemic, making American workers increasingly anxious about getting laid off or furloughed.

If you're worried about potentially losing your job because of coronavirus, it may be useful to have a conversation with your manager.

Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert, the CEO of accessory brand BehindtheBuckle, and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job," said employees should create a plan for how they want to address fears with their manager.

"Remember that you should strategize before you have this conversation," Taylor said. "Because you don't want a lot of diluted conversations. You want one impactful, useful conversation."

She said everything from executing the right timing to being conversational can help you have a productive conversation. The following is an exact script you can use to discuss this sensitive topic with your manager.

Pay attention to timing

It's important to only plan this conversation when you have information that proves your job is at risk, Taylor said.

Maybe you noticed a decline in revenue in your department or that colleagues are suddenly harder to reach. Then, schedule a time to speak. Having a preplanned meeting will help you clearly communicate your concerns, she said.

"You don't want to do it when you're acting out of fear," Taylor said. "Make sure that you're really asking out of some solid information that you have."

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