La capsula Informativa: Shaping The Next Gen Of Communications Leaders Through ‘Managing Up’

Building on the above point, many of us have been conditioned in the workplace to avoid expressing opinions, frustrations or general ideas … unless asked. If a company wants to continue to evolve, leadership must be open to hearing from their employees, even if it’s brutally honest. If your organization has an open-door policy, welcome all improvement feedback.

When developing trust, 80% of employees believe internal communication is crucial. Even in the most successful organizations, there is always room for improvement, so don’t be afraid to communicate the good, the bad or the ugly.

As communicators, using our voices is one of our biggest strengths, so use your superpower to share your concerns, suggest improvements or offer to take on new and challenging work. And if you make a mistake or don’t feel confident in your work, express that to your boss. Creating a workplace of transparency also cultivates an environment for self-accountability and responsibility.

It’s also important to get comfortable with uncomfortable conversations. Ultimately, understanding each other’s communications style and preferences can help move the conversation forward, so never shy away from healthy confrontation.

Here’s an example from my career when managing up was effective:

A team member once reminded me that I don’t need to do it all. I found myself being overprotective of her and making sure I wasn’t giving her too much work, which led me to take more on myself. We had an open conversation, and she said, “Let me take on this work. I promise to be honest and let you know if it becomes too much.” From that day forward, I’ve always trusted her and let her run with things. She knows I’m here to support her and pulls me in when she needs me. Otherwise, she keeps me updated and I let her soar.

Embracing managing up in the workplace can lead to improved communication, increased trust and a more positive work environment for managers and their team members. By effectively managing up, employees can ensure their needs are met while also helping managers achieve their goals. Ultimately, managing up fosters a culture of collaboration and mutual support, leading to greater success for everyone involved.

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