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How do I tell my boss to write neatly without offending her?

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biboy2012

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My boss communicate and explain (verbal & e-mail) very well. But I admit I don't understand her handwriting. It's like a steno notes. Life would be much easier if managers were perfect. How do I tell her to write neatly without offending her? She needs to know that we are not sure about what's been written.

Thank you.
 
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somashekar

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My boss communicate and explain (verbal & e-mail) very well. But I admit I don't understand her handwriting. It's like a steno notes. Life would be much easier if managers were perfect. How do I tell her to write neatly without offending her? She needs to know that we are not sure about what's been written.

Thank you.
There is no need that her writing is neat in your terms. The communication matters, and as long as it is unclear to you, you simply approach her and clarify what is written for you. And this can be done as many times as necessary. Slowly you will begin to understand her handwriting. Her handwriting may not get beautiful but the organization purpose is served.
As an alternate, internal e-mail or electronic notes will serve, if you can get this as the means to share written communication.
 

Wes Bucey

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My boss communicate and explain (verbal & e-mail) very well. But I admit I don't understand her handwriting. It's like a steno notes. Life would be much easier if managers were perfect. How do I tell her to write neatly without offending her? She needs to know that we are not sure about what's been written.

Thank you.
the simple truth works wonders! You might say, "I'm sure this note you wrote is important, but I can't decipher your handwriting. Could you please hand print or type it out and attach it so I don't make an error in interpreting it and cost us money?"
 
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biboy2012

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There is no need that her writing is neat in your terms. The communication matters, and as long as it is unclear to you, you simply approach her and clarify what is written for you. And this can be done as many times as necessary. Slowly you will begin to understand her handwriting. Her handwriting may not get beautiful but the organization purpose is served.
As an alternate, internal e-mail or electronic notes will serve, if you can get this as the means to share written communication.
You are right. The appropriate term is "clear," not neat. I appreciate your input and I completely agree that handwritting doesn't need to be beautiful as long as organization purpose is served.
 
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biboy2012

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the simple truth works wonders! You might say, "I'm sure this note you wrote is important, but I can't decipher your handwriting. Could you please hand print or type it out and attach it so I don't make an error in interpreting it and cost us money?"
Brilliant!! :agree1:
 

Ajit Basrur

Staff member
Admin
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Be straight to the point - tell your boss "Sorry, I am unable to read your script, could you pls tell me what it is". If this happensas couple of times, she would start emailing you :)
 

BradM

Staff member
Admin
#7
From someone who has less than stellar penmanship... :D

Generally people who don't have the best of handwriting know it. If there is a section that is unclear, just ask politely what a word or words are.
 

Jim Wynne

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Admin
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My boss communicate and explain (verbal & e-mail) very well. But I admit I don't understand her handwriting. It's like a steno notes. Life would be much easier if managers were perfect. How do I tell her to write neatly without offending her? She needs to know that we are not sure about what's been written.

Thank you.
Tell her you can't read what she wrote, and ask for clarification. Do this repeatedly and sooner or later she'll get the message.
 
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