Book that date! I learned about this secret from my boss. I work for a relatively small company, so I report to the CEO. He just flat out told me to take him to lunch sometimes. I felt a bit awkward about it because I was thinking, in the past, this was something my boss would request of me. Well, apparently times have changed. I took him to lunch and it did not feel awkward, because I was in control of the conversation.
Things can get a little crazy in the office. Working in Human Resources for almost 20 years, I have learned a few things about the importance of communication and feedback.
If you thought inviting your boss out for lunch was not your responsibility, think again. Getting some one-on-one time outside the office setting has a number of benefits, including helping you develop and maintain good relations with your employer, as well as helping you keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening around the office. While it might seem awkward at first, since no one really does it, if your boss turns you down - don't worry. If your boss accepts, use it to your advantage. Your boss may worry about the way it is perceived in the office. Communication is so important and here's their chance to step up and say that you invited her. Maybe the team should learn from you and take some initiative.
Find out when She or He is available and send a lunch meeting request. Meet somewhere close and informal. Offer to pay, this is very critical. If you have a company credit card, this is the perfect time to expense.
Let the Good times roll!