Are You Working Under Bad Management?
By Elizabeth Barrera
At some point in our lives, we come across poor management, and it’s almost equivalent to, what I’m assuming, is hell on earth. They make your life miserable, there’s no visible future, and you feel like no matter how much effort and hard work you put in, it will just never be enough. It's almost the same feeling you get when you’re in a toxic relationship, but with your manager. The most difficult part? Trying to be as professional as possible, but your manager's making it as personal as can be. When this happens to you, there’s nothing sweeter than proving to the world that you’re the perfect employee, they’ve just got you messed up, right? However, sometimes it’s best to not deal with poor management and look for something better instead. But, what are the signs that you’re under poor management? Here are a few:
They micromanage. If you feel like you’re sending your manager an email or pinging them after every grammar mistake you find in the RFP (request for proposal) they had you revise, on top of letting them know of every single meeting you’re in for the day, then you’re definitely in for some micromanagement. This one’s a hard one to deal with, especially if higher management is doing nothing to resolve the situation.
They lack empathy. If your laptop got stolen and your manager was quick to give you the “best practices for company’s inventory” talk, then they’re definitely lacking empathy. Rather than doing this, they should be making an effort to not assume and instead be empathic of your situation and offer a helping hand.
It's their way or the highway. Regardless of how much more efficient your plan is in comparison to theirs, they’re always going to be choosing their way. Don’t take it personally. When communicating your idea to them, try being kind and persuasive, but don’t shut their idea down. Instead, point out the pros and cons and use “we” rather than “me.”
They have a patronizing personality. This will happen for one of two reasons. Either they’re on a power trip and think everything they say or do is correct, which is why you’re not, or they’re just jerks. It’s usually both. Don’t let them infuriate you. Always remember that you’re talented and clashing with you for a reason.
They always looking for a scapegoat. They will never be wrong and they will never make mistakes. Always remember this. Even if it means that you’ll be wrongfully faulted for their wrongdoings. Try to remain as honest as possible and document all emails and pings so there is less likelihood of this happening.
They lack communication. They’ll think they told you something but never did, they’ll also probably blame you for miscommunication, when in reality, communication really works both ways. Again, the best thing to do is ensure to communicate with them and update them on everything you’ve done. Make sure most of your communication is documented, because then you’ll have proof if you ever want to defend yourself.
They amplify your mistakes. Sure you may have made a mistake or two, but if their reaction is more apathetic than understanding, and you find yourself or your work being questioned over a simple misunderstanding, then I'm sorry to say, your manager definitely sucks. Own up to your mistakes when you have to, but never doubt yourself or your work.
Always remain professional, in all that you do. Their attitude will catch up to them, and they'll eventually have to learn from their own wrongdoings, but don't let yourself get caught up in their mess. Mistreating others won't take anybody far, and nobody will want to be around them. So don't create conflict or tension, but never allow yourself to be mistreated either.