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10 Traits of a Bad Manager

Updated on April 2, 2018
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Usually the main reason behind a huge labor turnover rate is due to the poor working management. This sometimes leads to poor employee engagement and thus, poor output of the company as whole. The frustration that comes with dealing with clumsy management can make employees highly stressed and unhappy. There are certain patterns and nature of bad management that can be recognized easily, here are some of them:

1. Negative

Managers, who continuously indulge in throwing negative remarks on the employees and always make them revive their mistakes and downfalls, instead of praising them for their success, have a very negative impact on the mental health of employees. It is important that the management should shift their attitude towards encouraging the workers rather than behaving with them in a very hostile manner. If they are mentioning a bad point, it is suggested to balance it with a good point to maintain motivation.

2. Egotistical

The managers, who have an extreme sense of self-importance and always consider their ideas and initiatives, better than the rest, are an extreme egotist. They have little to no respect for the other’s sentiments and are heartless in their search to reach the top. The fact that employers are the most important factor of any company should not be forgotten.

3. Accusatory

Those managers, who never take the blame for anything wrong, are most unsuccessful ones and mostly, believe in giving excuses. This is a direct way to lose respect and dignity. Accepting mistake is not a weakness, but a responsible nature indeed and proves the manager’s sincerity.

4. Indecisive

Managers who always show off their ideas, targets and goals, but always fail to fulfill them, causing misguidance to the employees are the ones who quickly lose employees’ confidence in them. Instead of speaking, it is more important to set goals and discuss them effectively with others and strictly stick to a set time to accomplish that task.

5. Emotional

While working under pressure, it is expected from manager to handle the situation calmly and provide relevant guidance. If the manager is someone who always suffer from emotional outburst and fail to confront the problems by getting angry and extremely stressed, then the situation can become worse. If the situation is critical, then it is better to step back to think thoroughly about it. This allows to think more widely without panicking.

6. Secrecy

Employees are the part and parcel of each company. It is important to have a continuous communication with them. If the manager keeps on discussing things with senior officials only and ignore the importance of employees, then it may break the important link between them, causing disorganization in the working condition of a company.

7. Always Busy

Managers should not mark themselves with “Do not disturb” tag always. Calling themselves too busy every time may lead to lose them their importance on the projects, which can ultimately affect the success of the business. Workloads are overwhelming, but time management and setting priorities are essential. They should make sure that their employees are always supported and aware of what they (employees) are doing.

8. The micro manager

They give unnecessarily extra supervision, never shifting responsibilities and criticizing work at once. They discourage creativity and empowerment because they want things to go their way. Employees should be instructed on what their task is, but they should be allowed to use their own mind tricks to accomplish the task. Never interrupt them between their tasks, let them finish and then review it.

9. The do it myself manager

When the job is not completed in a manner they wanted, then they go for the old punch, “I will do it myself”. According to them, this will encourage the employees to perform their task better next time. But in reality, it insults their knowledge and experience and discourages them.

10. The scaremongering manager

If the boss keeps on complaining about how the company is not so good to work with and is performing very low at the moment, then the staff may feel their job to be not worthy enough to work for. Instead, it is better to be diplomatic and ensure the staff about the positive development of the company. This will encourage them to focus more on their jobs and they will stick to the company for a longer time.

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