Ladders latest research study reveals that 88% of high-earning professionals surveyed say that “managing up” means career success, with 81% stating that it’s important for getting pay raises and 86% stating that it leads to promotion. So what exactly is “managing up”?
New York, NY, March 9, 2020 – Newly released research from Ladders reveals that 79% of professionals surveyed stated that requesting and providing feedback is the most effective method of managing up — a skill that demands the best from your manager, for the sake of your company and your career. Despite these high numbers, only 74% confirmed feeling confident of their ability to manage up.
Compounding that, a mere 41% of respondents stated that they receive actionable, performance-enhancing feedback from their current manager, with only 34% saying that their manager has had a meaningful discussion about their career development in the last six months.
Fifty-eight percent stated that their manager regularly shares relevant information from higher management, while only 49% said that they meet with their boss for 1-on-1 meetings either weekly or monthly.
Ladders professionals responded to our “choose all that apply” and “agree/disagree” questions as follows:
“Managing up is important for my career success:”
“Managing up is important for getting raises in pay:”
“Managing up is important for getting promoted:”
“The most effective method for managing up is:”
|Request and receive feedback, and provide feedback||79%|
|Follow clear communications||44%|
|Do whatever your boss says||8%|
|Give your manager flattery and praise||3%|
“I am confident of my abilities in managing up:”
“I meet with my boss for a 1-on-1:”
|Every two weeks||15%|
|A few times a year||13%|
|More than once per week||13%|
“My manager gives me actionable feedback that helps me improve my performance:”
“My manager regularly shares relevant information from his/her manager and senior leaders:”
“My manager has had a meaningful discussion with me about career development in the last six months:”
“I am satisfied with my manager’s overall performance as a manager:”