Posted on 11 January 2008


Does Your Boss Know What You Do?



Tiffany Monhollon’s question — Does your boss know what you do? — was provocative enough to take a read. Her experience with managers that have enough on their plate that they don’t know everything about your day-to-day processes is normal and expected, if you’re doing your job.

A popular management axiom is that an employee who needs to be managed is the wrong employee.

Of course, the flip-side may also be true that the boss who feels compelled to manage you works for a company you should soon leave…

All that aside, there’s four key benefits Monhollon lists for managing up and helping your boss know really what you’re all about:

  • Less work
  • More work (I might say more challenging work, or better work)
  • Star status
  • A raise or promotion

2 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Tiffany Monhollon Says:

    Hey, Robert. Glad to see you pick up this topic. I think a lot of people don’t think about this, because it’s sort of a big responsibility, so a lot of people would rather just float along and wonder why they aren’t getting ahead, rather than equipping their boss with the information they need to see your value.

    Interested to see the conversation about this and what other people think. I had many different views shared when I posted it originally.

  2. Robert Merrill Says:

    @Tiffany thanks for your comment as well.

    I left many jobs and burned those bridges because of my own “stinkin’ thinkin” that my bosses didn’t “get it” because they didn’t know what I was contributing.

    Yeah, I felt like it was my BOSS’S job to notice the incredible ways I was saving money and producing for the organization.

    Funny how we write those things on our resumes, but that’s too late.

    One former manager ran across my resume on LinkedIn and emailed me saying, to effect, if I had known YOU were behind all those things, I would have fought harder to keep you!

    Live and learn…

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