How to Manage Up and Across while Working from Home?

Performance Management (Appraisals)
Knowledge Center

Forum

New Topic

Ignatius D
Manager, India

How to Manage Up and Across while Working from Home?

🔥NEW Quite a few people quit their job just because of their boss. Research shows that around 57% of the people leave their jobs because they thought they had bad bosses. But quitting isn't the correct way to tackle such things. You should learn how to deal in a preventive way with such situations. Once you learn to "Manage Up" effectively, it will make your working life easier.

What is "Managing Up"

Before starting to talk about what managing up actually is, I want to talk about what it isn't. It's totally not about being someone's patsy or hero-worshipping someone. It's not like you have to be always behind your boss and be a yes-man all the time.
Managing up is rather about having and managing an effective workplace relationship with your immediate boss and other people above you in the hierarchy. If you can create a positive and productive relationship with your boss, you can provide the best results for your organization and for yourself as well.

Managing up and Working Virtually (from Home)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a sudden shift from working at the office to working at home. In these different circumstances, you still have to figure out how to manage the workload you have and at the same time how you will maintain the relationship with your boss etc. Because working virtually is new for many people, they may have to adapt and learn new ways to maintain the workplace relationship effectively.

What are the Main Challenges of Managing Up Virtually?

  • Many managers don't believe in teleworking as they don't trust that the employees are actually working all the time.
  • The Covid change is new for the managers as well; most of them are not trained to be virtual managers. They have to learn on the go.
  • A lot of extra effort is needed when managing up effectively if you and your boss are not collocated. This makes it more difficult to maintain and strengthen the relationship.

Strategies for Managing Up Effectively

  • Always be connected with your manager: Stay on the radar of the boss, keep them in the loop of everything you do. It may require a short call everyday or an email. But you have to let your boss know that you are there and what are you working on.
  • Be transparent about your schedule: You have to be fully transparent about what your schedule is and when you are available. Your manager should know when you are in a meeting and when you are available. You can arrange a shared calendar with your boss. The most important thing here is to be available when you say you are going to be available, because if you are not there when your boss contacts you, it will harm the trust between you and damage the relationship.
  • Understand and adapt to the communication preferences of your manager: Learn when and how many times your boss wants to communicate and adapt to the communication style which your boss prefers.
  • Always reserve some time for getting feedback: Here you should not only get the feedback on the projects you are working on, but also on how your managers thinks the work is being done virtually. This will help you make the necessary changes and improve your productivity while working virtually. You and your manager can discuss which things are going well in the virtual working and what things need changes or improvement.
⇨ Please share any additional ideas or experiences you have on "Managing Up" while working from home. Thanks.

Sources:
Linda A. Hill and Kent Lineback, "Managing your Boss, HBR guide to Managing Up and Across", 2013
Mary Abbajay, "Managing Up Virtually as an Employee, Managing Up", 2020

  Peter Weber
Project Manager, Switzerland
 

Know the Challenges of your Manager

Do you know which tasks and projects suck the ener (...)

  Jafar Mirsaeidi
Consultant, Iran
 

Good Questions for Managing Up

@Peter Weber: Indeed if we know this, that can be (...)

  Peter Weber
Project Manager, Switzerland
 

Managing Up and Across Starts with Yourself

@Jafar Mirsaeidi: I Try to Walk the Talk - with A (...)

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

How to Manage Up and Across (While Working from Home)

Agreed Peter it makes sense to begin with "know th (...)

  Anonymous
 

Managing Up Relationships

Managing up requires the employees to have emotion (...)

Participate and leave a comment
Exchanging your ideas stimulates your personal and professional development. And you can help other people! Please motivate your point of view. You can still edit your comment for 3 hours.

Start a new forum topic

 

More on Performance Management (Appraisals)
Summary
Forum
How to Give Constructive Feedback? Models and Tips
How to Get Employees to Improve? Issues with Feedback
How to Manage Up and Across while Working from Home?
Consider the Job Situation in Appraisals
Appraise the Past, Develop for the Future
Decentralized Performance Appraisals
Performance Appraisal Quotes
Theory of Performance Appraisal?
Bonuses.. what is Fair to All Within Large Corporations
Double Purpose of Employee Appraisals
How Role Clarity and Employee Performance Management can help with Strategic Focus
How to Deal with Very Good Performers?
Mismatch in Performance Appraisals: Actions from Last Year are Rewarded/Punished This Year
Optimize on the Strengths of your Employees
Deloitte’s New Performance Management System
New Performance Appraisal System for Teachers in the Philippines?
Subjectivity in Performance Appraisals
Value System Appraisal
Annual Confidential Report (ACR) Systems
Comparing Appraisals with Examinations
Appraising the What and the How
Feedback Should be Like a Mirror: Neutral
How to Conduct Appraisals in Project Organizations?
The Best Methods of Performance Appraisal System in Government Sector
Tips on Performance Management of Employees
From Business Objectives > Department Deliverables > Employee Objectives > Performance Appraisal
Methods for Evaluation of Employees
Performance Appraisal and Salary Determination
Performance Appraisals are not Fair
The Meanings of Performance Evaluations
Difficulty of Conducting Performance Apprasals in an R&D Organisation
Best Practices
Checklist of 50+ Common Errors in Performance Appraisals
How to Achieve Fair Performance Appraisals?
No Routine Annual Performance Appraisals
Concerns not Previously Discussed During Performance Reviews
How to Deal with Average Performers?
Open Communication? Try Coffee Talks
Wrong Use of Employee Appraisals
Three Types of Performance Appraisals
Obsession with Quantifying Human Performance
Broken Confidentiality of Performance Appraisals
Don't Forget Appraisal Follow-up
How to Deal with Poor Performers and Non Performers?
Conditions for Successful Performance Appraisals
Outcomes of Performance Appraisals
How to Receive Personal Feedback? Tips
How to React When You are Undervalued?
How to Prepare for a Performance Appraisal as Appraiser
Tips for Ensuring Performance Appraisals Hold Up in Court
Appraisal for Future Job?
Avoiding Biases in Performance Appraisals
Disparaging Appraisal Terms
Special Interest Group

Are you interested in Performance Management (Appraisals)? Sign up for free

Notify your students

Copy this into your study materials:

and add a hyperlink to:

Link to this discussion

Copy this HTML code to your web site:

Performance Management (Appraisals)
Knowledge Center



About 12manage | Advertising | Link to us / Cite us | Privacy | Suggestions | Terms of Service
© 2021 12manage - The Executive Fast Track. V15.8 - Last updated: 13-6-2021. All names ™ of their owners.