What Are The Bad Manager Traits Employees Hate Most?
For decades, we have been asking employees to list the bad manager traits employees hate most. With over two decades in the trenches helping new managers learn what good management entails and observing leadership best practices, we have some proven tips to pass along.
Invest In Management Development
Our first recommendation is to ensure your new managers are set up to succeed by providing the new manager training you need to build the skills of new leaders. Even though most new managers have excelled as an individual contributor, the role of a new supervisor requires a whole new skill set. Learn what you need to know and then follow these tips that are helpful for even the not-so-new managers.
Five Bad Manager Traits Employees Hate Most
New leaders need to stop doing what doesn’t work.
If you have an employee who is performing below standard, you need to find out why. Do they need more training or an assignment that better utilizes their strengths? If there’s no improvement, compassionately find another spot for them.
If you have an employee who disrespects others or who is not a cultural fit, don’t hang on to them. Show that what you value most is a positive, collaborative, and aligned environment.
When employees understand that their work has purpose and contributes to the organization’s overall goals, they can more fully commit to the strategy. Mission helps to drive employee engagement, not the other way around.
Life in the business world moves too fast for the luxury of risk-free decision-making. You will make mistakes but, usually, inaction is more risky than action. You can always shift course along the way.
Meantime, take responsibility for your decisions, deal with the consequences, clean up any messes that occur, and learn.
The Bottom Line
As a new manager there are certain things you need to “stop” doing related to the bad manager traits employees hate most. But what you must “keep on” doing is learning and creating the environment for your team to succeed. That’s the most important thing you do as a manager.
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