Friday, May 29, 2015

Four Ways Bosses & Managers Are Killing Your Workplace

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Just about everyone you probably know has a job or is retired. Playing the odds, a number of those workers likely detests the fact they have to go to work. However, it is not the job they hate. It goes a little further than that, it is actually the workplace that affects them. These people are good works, maybe even great, but something about the job turns their mood on a dime. The fact is managers and other controlling parties at work exert a direct influence upon the workplace, and these are the people that might be directly ruining the workplace without even realizing it. Here are four ways your boss might be sabotaging the workplace:

The Invisible Boss

The boss is like Bigfoot. Everyone talks about them, but they only appear as fleeting glimpses in security footage. Instead of being among the workforce overseeing how things are doing, this type of boss is taking conference calls in the office or maybe even polishing up their Minesweeper, Free Cell, or Solitaire skills. Nobody actually knows. In the end, the employees are a leaderless group of individuals making decisions without any real guidance. Basically, a recipe for disaster in any type of setting.

Management by Personality

Something needs done, so the boss calls the employee they trust the most to get it done. Sure the employee in question might complain-a lot, but it’s much easier to listen to someone complain while they are working than having to track down the employee that everyone knows is not going to put any effort into the task anyway. Why not hand more work to a valued employee anyway? There is an old saying: How do handle a great worker? Give them enough work until they become average. In addition, this type of boss love to promote their friends, family, or family of friends. Basically destroying any morale in the process.

What Reward?

Everyone has gone out of their way to report a dangerous situation, deliver exceptional service, or done something above and beyond the call of employment. While a thank you is okay the first time around, employees have a little secret: you can’t spend “Thank yous.” In fact, outside of common courtesy, they don’t do much at all. Just like one of the reasons goodemployees leave, a job well done needs to be recognized and a little bit of cash can do a lot for the mentality of an employee. For some reason, companies have gotten away from this, and that is sad on several levels.

Then Don’t Ask

Bosses and managers need input to do their jobs, and some like to ask the opinions of the people on the front lines. Of course, then they do the exact opposite or boil down the input to something that is barely recognizable. To top it off, the boss takes all the credit for the idea if it works and hands out blame if it does not. The essence of management. Basically, the boss does not really listen and has no intention of listening and would be better served and better respected if they just acted a bit more like Bigfoot.

In the end, bosses and managers have a responsibility to the company. They are not employed to be everyone’s best friend, they are supposed to keep the facility running. Poor management might not be reflected in every aspect of the operation, but spend a few hours with the hourly population and some interesting insights become available.

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