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‘Managing up’ TikTok trend goes viral

Following the online popularity of workplace hacks, such as quiet quitting and #actyourwage, hashtag #managingup has amassed 5.6 million views on TikTok. The trend advises employees on how to interact with their manager to set realistic expectations and achieve better career results.

Videos under the hashtag include advice from TikToker Rema on how to respond to questions from your manager when “their urgency is not your emergency”.

In the clip, she advises employees to “take your power back” by requesting additional time to make important decisions and or answering awkward questions about other colleagues by telling the manager to ask the colleague concerned directly.

Other advice centres on how to manage up during one-toone meetings, with TikTok user Alex suggesting updating your manager on their progress on each task they have been assigned, and then asking them about questions and expectations going forward.

Adam Butler, CEO of workplace wellbeing company Offi ceology, said the trend can be used to foster a better relationship between managers and employees.

He said: “Managing up is essentially understanding your manager’s working style and adjusting your own approach to make both your day-to-day jobs easier.

“I can see why people are behind this, as doing so encourages open dialogue, which can result in expectations being met and can help build a more positive relationship with your manager.”

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National Grid trainee wins £360,000 in sexual harassment tribunal

A trainee for National Grid has been awarded almost £360,000 a er it was found that her manager sexually harassed her. The tribunal heard manager Colin Higgins frequently texted and emailed Emma Tahir, a trainee project supervisor almost 30 years younger than him, repeatedly asked her to remove her jumper and encroached on her physically. The utilities company held an internal investigation into the allegations, but Higgins was allowed to remain in his job.

Following this, in 2021, Tahir resigned and brought a tribunal claim for sexual harassment, victimisation and constructive wrongful dismissal.

Tahir said: “While this continues to have a huge impact on my life, I hope that speaking out about my experience will shine a light on the work that still needs to be done and encourage others who have gone through something similar to step forward.”

She claimed her experience with the manager damaged her career path and the tribunal awarded her £357,000.

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