– particularly when you have many employees that are being managed by those you have hired to do the job.
However, it is important to pay attention to the managers you have put in place and whether or not they are having a positive effect on your employees. If not, this could be quite problematic for your business.
The good news is, we have compiled a list of signs of bad management to look out for so that you can identify any potential problems and – in turn – keep your employees as happy as possible.
Signs of poor management
If a manager is repeatedly deflective
Managers that refuse to take ownership or responsibility for mistakes might not be cut out to be a leader, after all. Everyone makes mistakes – and that is okay!
If a manager cannot be open and honest with his or her direct reports and own up to mistakes like they expect their workers to, they are holding their employees to an unfair standards and setting a poor example.
If a manager is on a power trip
While it is certainly important to enforce accountability in employees, managers should not act as “tyrants” who throw their power around just for the sake of it.
Leaders who constantly reprimand their employees, threaten their jobs, and write them up only breed an environment filled with anxiety and mistrust, and are in turn not effective managers.
If a manager does not engage with their direct reports in a good way
Even though managers are in charge of their direct reports, it doesn’t mean that they can’t have genuine connections and relationships with these individuals.
In fact, it should be encouraged! Failing to connect with employees on a personal level can prohibit the manager-direct report relationship from developing in a healthy manner and discourages managers from fully understanding the way an employee performs at work and how to most effectively help them.
If a manager is incapable of delegating
Delegation is an important part of being a manager. Giving your teammates responsibility demonstrates your trust in them. As a leader, one of the most important goals is to encourage employees to increase their engagement at work. The more that you allow your employees to contribute, the more connected and engaged they will be.
The bottom line
If you are not consistently monitoring the managers you have put in place to help run your business, it can have a large effect on the overall health of your company and happiness of your employees.
This could lead to a high level of turnover and increased recruiting needs, costing you money. Allow us to help partner you with a PEO that best understands your line of business and not only helps you find great managers but assists in recognizing when bad management is plaguing a team or department.
Also – look out for our upcoming article on the exact effects of bad management in the workplace to learn more on the topic.