(Keep Me Looped In is an annoying business term and is just one of the 212 Most Annoying Business Phrases Managers Effuse, Confuse, and Overuse detailed in the hilarious must-have guide for every workplace: The 30,000-Pound Gorilla in the Room. Available right now on Amazon.)
Keep Me Looped In
If you’ve been in the workforce for more than seven minutes, you must agree that the looping in is out of control. In some offices, it’s become unstoppable. Everyone is being looped into everything all the time.
Managers are asking for and committing to so much looping in, most of them should be suffering from motion sickness. We know we are.
The irritating bosses barking, “keep me looped in” are requesting this with every project, action, goal, issue, customer, and even bathroom break. Truly, if we kept them looped into everything they requested, we’d have little time for actual work.
If this describes you, it’s time for you to stop asking others to keep you looped into things and start trying some old-fashioned MBWA (management by walking around). In other words, get off your ass and find out what’s really happening by engaging with your team.
The next time you’re tempted to utter keep me looped in, try saying instead, “Thank you, I’ll check with you later on that.” It will be appreciated by the harried team trying to manage their looping in commitments and bring you closer to the issues and solutions.
Replacement phrases: Keep me informed; Let me know where I can help.
See also: Touch Base; Reach Out
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