I am working at a startup and it’s a very busy time right now where there is a lot of pressure on me to get something done very quickly.
My boss (who also is the company CEO) asked me today if there was anything he could do to help me. I wanted to say that it would be great if I could have more meeting time with him to go over where I’m stuck. I learn by talking and speaking to others, and this would help me sort out my understanding.
I hesitated telling him for two reasons:
He’s very busy and I don’t want him to waste his time by talking to me.
I’m a woman and he’s a man and I don’t want my request to be misunderstood. This may seem weird but sometimes women say things like they want more time with their boss, and they have certain intentions. This isn’t like that at all, but I don’t know how to be clear that this isn’t like that.
I am pretty new to the workforce and significantly younger than my boss. The company is American and based in the U.S., but I'm a non-U.S. national.
Is it normal/professional for a younger female employee to say that they want more meeting time with their boss?