Research shows that 65 percent of managers are “checked-out” at work, which means that there’s a 65 percent chance that your boss is not so great. If you’re unsure as to whether your direct manager is part of the misery-inducing majority, then here are a few surefire ways to tell. You’re welcome and good luck.
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1. Poor communication – If your boss is rarely to be found or so busy that he doesn’t have time for you, then, chances are, you have a bad boss. A good manager knows how to effectively communicate with his team and take extra time to answer any questions employees may have. Otherwise, team members are left to fend for themselves and, usually, end up making mistakes due to the lack of communication.
2. “It’s you, not me” thinking – If and when he can get away with it, a terrible boss will try and convince everyone else that they’re the problem. Many employees, unfortunately, will believe these false accusations because of the natural tendency to want to please their superiors, but this can lead to them becoming discouraged and disengaged, themselves, over time.
3. Throws you and others under the bus – A terrible manager is always trying to fly under the radar, so when “stuff” hits the fan, you better he is going to point the finger at someone else. A good boss is a team player who takes accountability for his actions and isn’t afraid to take one for the team when need be. Leaders should be in the trenches with their employees, not turning them over to the enemy.
4. Little to no constructive feedback – The second you slip up, your manager is in your face making sure you know how royally you messed up … again. Terrible bosses hardly ever praise their employees for a job well done. Instead, they condescend to them and end up taking all the credit when something does goes right. As for feedback, you can kiss any hope of that goodbye, because all you’re going to hear from a bad manager is what you did wrong and how you’re making him look bad.
5. Unreliable – A disengaged manager is unreliable at best, and untrustworthy at worst. All they care about is collecting their paycheck with as little stress as possible and getting the hell out of Dodge, day in and day out. And you can forget about that promotion you’ve been promised for some time now, because your miserable boss isn’t going to be too fond of the possibility of someone other than him getting a raise and some praise.
The bottom line is, bad managers are bad for business, and they’re even worse for their employees. A disengaged manager means disengaged employees – it’s no wonder, then, why so many people hate their jobs. Gallup recently conducted a study of 7,272 American adults that found that 50 percent of the participants left their jobs to escape their managers in order to “improve their overall life at some point in their career.” Therefore, it’s a wise career move to be able to recognize a sorry-excuse-for-a-boss if you have one, so that you can salvage a fulfilling future for your career and be on your way.
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