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.
Four Bad Manager Traits Employees Hate Most
New leaders need to stop doing what doesn’t work.
1. Stop Holding On To Workers Who Don’t Support The Team
New managers are especially loathe to let team members go. It certainly shouldn’t be done precipitously—it takes time to evaluate the individuals on your team—but poor workers, either because of inability or serious incompatibility, can undermine team performance.
2. Stop Emphasizing Strategy Over Mission
Yes, you do need a cohesive plan that guides the decisions of your team and sets out the clear action steps to achieve your objectives. But understand that strategy on its own does not motivate your employees. Instead, employees are inspired to work harder and better when they have a meaningful sense of mission.
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.
3. Stop Using Money As Your Only Motivator
Money as a primary motivator, especially for tasks that depend on creative, innovative thinking, is simply ineffective. Instead give your employees opportunities…to learn and grow, to tackle new challenges, and to operate with more autonomy. Additionally, superior work and discretionary effort should be recognized and rewarded…not just (or at all) by dollars but by public thank you’s and salutes.
4. Stop Avoiding Difficult Decisions
As a new manager, you must make all kinds of decisions – often with limited time and information. A few are easy; most are tough. But you can’t wait to gather in all the information you’d like to have to rule out uncertainty.
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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Why Employees Change Their Mind
We partnered with LSA to pilot a customized behavioral interviewing program to help ensure that we continue to hire the best and brightest as we continue to rapidly scale. LSA’s ability to understand our business and our unique culture combined with their desire to ensure that the best practices framework truly fits our performance environment and is highly adopted by our people is a real blessing. Most other firms want to just ‘give you training.’ Not LSA, they are focused on helping me hit our hiring forecasts and attract A players.
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LSA’s customized Effective Presentation Skills program has helped me elevate my presentation skills to the next level. I now have a much greater self-awareness of my presentation skills and can leverage off of my strengths while working to improve upon other areas. I would definitely recommend this solution to anyone for whom business presentations are an integral part of their job.
Senior Marketing Manager
In the Next Generation Management Development courses, I was trained with skills and tools that have made me and my team more productive, motivated, and successful at communicating with other departments.
Firmware Engineering Supervisor
The Next Generation Management Development courses have helped me communicate more effectively with my peers and teammates. By utilizing effective communication techniques such as clarifying and confirming, and asking open ended questions, I have been able to clarify and understand information in situations where I would have otherwise asked limited questions and made false assumptions.
Firmware Engineering Manager
LSA’s consultant designed and delivered a half-day team building solution for our recent conference. It included careful customization to integrate the design with our new mission and values. Everyone had fun and identified key issues with our teamwork. Altogether a great program!
Director of HR
LSA helped us design and deliver a blended learning solution for our leaders to help drive our growth plans in a way that aligned with our specific culture and values. LSA understood our business, had deep expertise in the content areas, tailored the programs to fit our specific needs, and delivered great results. They constantly strive to deliver business impact and align their solutions with our business initiates, culture, and performance management systems. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to take their leaders to the next level.”
Beth A. Taylor
Vice President of Human Resources
Here’s a token of my appreciation for ALL your efforts. I’m offering my most sincere appreciation, and it extends to all the folks who made our customized management development programs possible.
Workforce Planning Bureau
I highly recommend LSA Global to anyone who is looking to improve individual or organizational effectiveness through their top quality programs and broad range of expertise.
VP of Human Resources
We have been able to utilize LSA’s extensive network of top-notch resources to leverage our investment in employee development. The result has been the cost effective and highly efficient delivery of quality educational and management training programs.
Vice President, Human Resources
We engaged LSA to design and deliver a 6-month custom executive coaching program for a group of our key leaders. The focus of the program was to help a core group of senior leaders to leverage previous investments in management training, to ensure the engagement and retention of key employees, and to push critical strategic initiatives forward. Even with the high expectations of our senior people, LSA has completely exceeded our expectations. I would recommend them to anyone looking to create and implement a custom coaching methodology using proven tools to drive true change.
Senior HR Manager - Staffing, Training, & Development
What a personal and professional pleasure it has been to Partner with LSA. They are truly a strategic partner with Wyse. For more than 5 years, LSA has been engaged in delivering various training and development solutions for Wyse, from custom on-site programs targeting specific core competencies, to working individually with clients to build job skills, and offering invaluable services to me and my team as we continue to build our learning programs. LSA’s representatives do more than sell a product, they offer a full service solution: they understand our business, our strategic initiatives, and the needs of our customers.
Director of HR
LSA has become the gold standard in team building and management training at Genomic Health! I have a hard time finding facilitators that come close to their level of customization, expertise and experience.
Director of Human Resources
LSA’s approach and ability to bring the best resources to eBay has been a great asset. They really focus on helping us succeed in any way they can and are very flexible in meeting our management and talent needs.
Learning & Development
We contacted LSA to help us with customized management development. LSA worked with me to identify a solution that would meet our exact needs. We decided to start at the top and ran the program for our executive team. It was such a great success that we hope to roll it out companywide. We look forward to a long-term partnership with LSA Global and their team of experts.
Barry L. Byrd, SPHR
Human Resources Manager
Congratulations on your pro-activity in establishing this program and developing such an effective New Employee Orientation course.
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