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Some managers just don't get it
When it comes to managers, all of them have different management styles, and it's pretty easy for employees to tell which ones they flourish under and which ones drive them crazy. A boss can make or break a business professional's career at a certain company, and getting stuck with a bad one is certainly enough to make any employee consider seeking work elsewhere.
According to Psychology Today magazine, most research conducted on leadership and management styles focuses on best practices, or what exactly makes a leader effective. But, often, it's far more common to see leaders whose management styles miss the mark.
"The majority of business professionals felt that management was the main reason why people quit."
In a recent ProOpinion poll, business professionals were asked to choose among a list of statements that applied to them concerning their jobs. The majority - 33 percent - felt that management at their companies was the main reason why people quit. Twenty-six percent of business professionals thought their bosses didn't care if they grew as professionals, 22 percent felt they could never get ahead at their companies no matter what they did, and 19 percent felt that their bosses didn't deserve the positions they were in.
This begs the question, "What is it about bad bosses that's so frustrating for employees?" Here are several reasons why many business professionals can't stand working with bad leaders.
There's not much worse than working for a boss who doesn't do his or her job. Contractor magazine pointed out that competence is the main consideration that many employees make when evaluating their boss' success. If a boss doesn't make his or her employees feel confident in his or her ability to drive the business forward, there's not much incentive for those employees to stick around. Incompetent bosses don't contribute to the success of a company or help employees advance their careers. If someone's boss is giving out wrong information, failing to complete tasks or pretending to know more than he or she actually does, it's clear why that could be frustrating.
There's a big difference in being liked at work and being respected at work, according to Time magazine, and a good leader needs both. A boss who acts like a jerk at work isn't going to be liked or respected by his or her employees. These types of bad bosses are often unreasonable, selfish or manipulative when interacting with staff. They might also act like the whole purpose of the company is to cater to their every demand, putting employees up against one another to compete for their attention and gain recognition. A good boss doesn't have to be considered a good friend, but it definitely helps to be considered a good person!
They think they know everything
Successful leaders should be able to make quick decisions and stand firmly by them, but they're not expected to know every single piece of industry research. If your boss constantly thinks that his or her ideas are the only ones that will work and fails to consider your contributions or those of your co-workers, he or she clearly isn't taking advantage of your staff's talent. Bad bosses often force their employees to do everything their way, and anyone who doesn't want to go in that direction ends up looking for a job elsewhere.
They don't care about their employees
Good managers are respectful of the fact that their employees have lives outside of work. They're flexible and understanding, realizing that their employees' happiness will lead to a successful company. Poor leaders do the opposite. They expect employees to choose work over family, friends and all other outside responsibilities, often working late or coming in early to complete a workload that's way too big to fit into a 40-hour work week. Any boss who treats his or her employees like machines rather than humans has a lot to learn.
They're overly dramatic
Stress is a huge factor in today's workforce, and a bad leader adds to this on a daily basis by being overly dramatic about every little thing that happens at work.
"Horrible bosses inflate every setback into a disaster, every competitor into a nemesis, and every workday into a series of conflicts," noted Inc. magazine. "By contrast, great bosses turn setbacks into stepping stones, competitors into allies and each workday into a good day to be alive."
If just thinking about work stresses you out, chances are your boss is a major contributor.
They don't offer recognition
Every business professional loves the feeling of being recognized for a job well done, but not everyone gets to experience it. Professionals with bad bosses often don't get praise when they go above and beyond the call of duty and make big things happen at work. This can leave them feeling resentful, unappreciated and unmotivated to work hard on the next project handed their way. If your boss always focuses on what you did wrong instead of what you did right, he or she definitely doesn't get it.
What is it that drives you crazy about bad bosses?
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