Ever Wanted to Tell Your Boss Off? Now You Can Do It Anonymously

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Time to let the big man (or woman) with the corner office know what you really think.

Happiily, a Canadian start-up company, recently launched Tell Your Boss Anything, allowing employees vent their frustrations to their managers anonymously.

The service, which is designed to help facilitate relationships between the two parties, lets you express what’s on your mind without too much fear of retribution. Managers can also respond to commenters, and both sides get to rate the feedback.

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There is, of course, a limit to how much they’ll allow you to express yourself. Vulgar words and violent phrases are filtered out by the program, so you’ll have to check your anger at the door. Bosses can also flag messages if a commenter leaves a mean comment – revealing your identity.

Managers can only see messages from one sender for free; everything else costs $20 a month. Tom Williams, the founder who started the company, told Businessweek: “It’s an easy way [for employees] to feel secure that they won’t get retribution if their manager doesn’t like what they say.” Of course, it’s not the first or only program allowing users to send anonymous emails: this type of service has been in effect for years, with anonymous e-cards offering to alert recipients of anything from accidentally using their toothbrush to suggesting they get an STD test. But Williams’ Tell Your Boss Anything campaign wants to let the dialogue flow both ways, even while staying anonymous.

Of course, he adds, “Be mean, and you get what’s coming to you.” We suppose you could also offer praise to your employer, but really, why would you do that anonymously?

Erica Ho is a contributor at TIME and the editor of Map Happy. Find her on Twitter at @ericamho and Google+. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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8 comments
BossesStink
BossesStink

I've found it better to go to my boss directly with my issues. I gain

more respect without making him upset. Look at these 24 ways to make a

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Maybe a little profanity and a lot of humor can go a long way!

Mike Izni
Mike Izni

I'm not paying for something like this. And good thing that my boss is really nice.

Mike Izni
Mike Izni

I won't pay for something like this. And good thing that my boss is really great.

lizryan
lizryan

I hate this idea -- the founder says that the site is designed to help communication along, but since when has anonymous communication helped people communicate more effectively? Bosses who care about better communication and energy flow in their organizations don't pay $20/month to get anonymous feedback from their employees. They go out into the departments and ask people "How am I doing? What do you need from me that you're not getting?" Just like 360 degree feedback, the lamest 'management tool' ever invented (apart from the horrifying and thankfully on-its-way-out practice called Forced Ranking) this anonymous feedback site puts up barriers to communication, rather than easing them. Good bosses don't need it, and lousy ones wouldn't read the feedback even if it were free - much less act on it.

Hiroko Nishimura
Hiroko Nishimura

"Bosses can also flag messages if a commenter leaves a mean comment – revealing your identity.""Tom Williams, the founder who started the company, told Businessweek: 'It’s an easy way [for employees] to feel secure that they won’t get retribution if their manager doesn’t like what they say.'"

I don't get it. So if you write something and they don't like it, they can flag it, your identity will be revealed, and you get retribution for your comments?

tomwilliams
tomwilliams

 Hi Hiroku, we have updated our policies to make this more clear.  We now state "We will not reveal any details regarding your identity unless we are compelled to do so by law."

If a manager flags an item of feedback, we will manually review it to determine whether it is abusive.  If it is abusive, the user's account will be banned, not their identity revealed.

Sincerely,

The Tell Your Boss Anything Team

Kimsbenn
Kimsbenn

Maybe through specific events you reveal that pinpoints you: "I hate what you said about my freeze dried foods report".