In general, most employees expect their managers to guide their daily work load and let them know what needs to be done as part of their job. However, if you’ve ever worked with a manager who seems scatterbrained and disorganized, you understand how difficult it can be to do your job well. Rather than relying solely on your manager, you could benefit from managing up in these situations. Managers are humans too and can make mistakes, but that doesn’t mean your work has to suffer as a result. When you learn how to manage up, you can go a long way toward helping your manager do their job more effectively and in the end, outshine the other employees, leaving a good impression that can lead to raises and promotions.
What Can You Do to Manage Up?
Communication is the key to effectively helping your manager do their job. It’s important to let them know what your priorities are in your job, opening up the potential for them to let you know something else on your plate should take precedence. While a quick face-to-face at the start or end of each day can help, an email or other communication tool can be just as effective. The more information you share, the clearer your path will become.
Another important way you can help your manager is to anticipate their needs. Pay attention to areas where they may struggle and find ways to help them. For instance, if you notice your boss is always scrambling at the last minute to put together materials for an important meeting, offer to pitch in so the job can get done without stressing anyone out. Your manager will appreciate the initiative.
Get to know your manager’s preferences. Some people prefer to communicate via email, while others would prefer to talk things out face-to-face. Although you may have your own preferences, if you want to manage up and make the workplace more efficient, it’s beneficial to adapt to your manager’s preferred method of communication. It will show them you are trying and will make their job a lot easier in the end, helping you build a more positive business relationship.
Dealing with negative elements in the office can drag down morale and make everyone’s lives more stressful. However, it’s never easy to talk to a manager about what’s going wrong in the office. The good news is once you know how to share bad news with your boss and discuss shortcomings in a constructive manner, you can truly help make the workplace more enjoyable for everyone. Be mindful of not overstepping your bounds and try not to be too critical of your manager. Constructive criticism is good, but being too negative will only reflect poorly on you.
Finally, identify areas in the office that require a little extra help, even if it’s not in your job description. The more areas in which you can help, the more valuable you will be in the eyes of your manager.
Enjoy the Benefits
There are many benefits of managing up in your workplace. Not only will you build a more positive working relationship with your manager and your coworkers, but you will also feel a sense of pride and accomplishment in the work you do. You also position yourself as a valuable employee who will reap the rewards of promotions and raises over someone who may be doing the bare minimum of their job requirements A more productive workplace is a happier workplace.