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What's the worst kind of manager to have?

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Poll: What's the worst kind of manager to have?

  • Total votes: 90. You have voted on this poll.
Absentee Manager
 
8
9%
Dishonest Manager
 
31
34%
Rageaholic Manager
 
9
10%
Rageaholic Manager
 
6
7%
Spineless Manager
 
10
11%
Scapegoating Manager
 
20
22%
Other:
 
6
7%
[OP]
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Sep 24, 2015
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What's the worst kind of manager to have?

I personally can't stand being micromanaged. A long time ago I used to have this manager that made us turn in detailed reports of what we did for the day. Eventually I got sick of it and found another opportunity at different company.

What kind of manager would make you jump ship?
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Sr. Member
Dec 26, 2005
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Ottawa
Micromanagers hands down. There's nothing worse than that. I'd quit on the spot if my management changed into that.
Deal Fanatic
Nov 15, 2013
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Toronto
Why is Rageaholic listed twice?
Sr. Member
Nov 15, 2008
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Micromanagers.

Condescension. Managers that like putting you in your place just because they know they can.

Managers that don't understand things. If I'm smarter than you, I'm not working for you for very long.
[OP]
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Sep 24, 2015
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Jep4444 wrote: Why is Rageaholic listed twice?
One of those is supposed to be Micromanaging Manager but I already hit submit before I saw the mistake and couldn't edit the poll. Not sure if a Mod can change it for me.
Member
Oct 30, 2013
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GTA
I absolutely don't care, whatever kind of manager is fine with me, I just HATE being micro-managed.

My department has been good, laid back and productivity has been better than expected as well, sometime back a new Assistant VP became in charge of 5 different departments, and hello micro-management!

All managers are to chase after us workers if we are not in our seat after 5 minutes, this has even made life hell for team managers, and so has ours.


Logic is to boost productivity which is already better than set goals, but now everyone just invents genius ways to game the new strict system in place as an F U to upper management.

Such are banks.

This isn't high school man, don't micromanage!

/rant.
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Aug 16, 2010
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Aurora
Argumentative thread and different for everyone. The worst manager is one you can't get along with.
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Aug 22, 2011
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One that holds you back, instead of prepping you to be their successor.
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Mar 31, 2008
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Toronto
Single and middle-aged. Menopausal.
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Jun 26, 2010
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anon666 wrote: Micromanagers.

Condescension. Managers that like putting you in your place just because they know they can.

Managers that don't understand things. If I'm smarter than you, I'm not working for you for very long.
Amazing. 1st and 3rd points are spot on. I'm experiencing a similar thing at work right now.
Member
Jun 26, 2010
475 posts
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Micromanaging Manager should be put as an option. It would win hands down.
Newbie
Jun 12, 2016
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Managers who say obviously all the time even when it is not at all required :razz:
Deal Expert
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Apr 21, 2004
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Scapegoating Manager is probably the worst, especially if it reflects as poor performance when it actually isn't the direct report's fault.

I don't care about the management style as long as there is clear direction to what needs to be done and no finger pointing because of mistakes resulting from ineffective management and lack of guidance.
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Oct 13, 2009
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Tie between micromanager and an insecure manager. Both are hell on earth.
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Sep 23, 2007
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If you think your manager has to be better/smarter than you, then you are not that bright yourself. A bad manager can be an opportunity. When the manager falls, you can take his spot. Or if the manager doesn't know anything, that's a chance to show your value, and have better bargaining chips when negotiating for better raise or a promotion.
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BananaHunter wrote: If you think your manager has to be better/smarter than you, then you are not that bright yourself. A bad manager can be an opportunity. When the manager falls, you can take his spot. Or if the manager doesn't know anything, that's a chance to show your value, and have better bargaining chips when negotiating for better raise or a promotion.
Just don't equate a not so bright manager to one who cannot act well. Some managers may know a lot less than a direct report but they know how to present themselves in a better light to their managers and take most of the credits that belong to the direct report.
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Nov 15, 2008
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BananaHunter wrote: If you think your manager has to be better/smarter than you, then you are not that bright yourself. A bad manager can be an opportunity. When the manager falls, you can take his spot. Or if the manager doesn't know anything, that's a chance to show your value, and have better bargaining chips when negotiating for better raise or a promotion.
What if I don't want work to be a strategy game? What if I don't want to be a manager? What if I just want to show up and work with bright people, including a bright boss who knows what he/she is doing?

I'm so dumb for just wanting a BS free existence.
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Sep 23, 2007
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anon666 wrote: What if I don't want work to be a strategy game? What if I don't want to be a manager? What if I just want to show up and work with bright people, including a bright boss who knows what he/she is doing?

I'm so dumb for just wanting a BS free existence.
You don't need to try to be a manager to deal with a bad manager. Dealing with people is an important life skill. Nobody is perfect. The first step in a lot of misery starts from unrealistic expectations of other people. Your manager is a human being like you.

If you want a BS free existence, it starts from thinking about what YOU can do. Far too many people face misery or unhappiness because they are stuck in a mindset of expecting other people to change. Expecting others to change or be a certain way is always a failing proposition. You know why? There are 7 billion other people on the planet. Surely a good chunk of them are not to your liking, or will do stupid things from time to time. You just got to deal with it by knowing what YOU can do because it's impossible to ask all 7 billion people to change. Adapt yourself to the environment. It's not just for your career success, you will live more happily too once you take full responsibilities for your actions instead of always externalizing the issue. Yes there is a lot of BS in our world. So what? Deal with it.

Your manager likes to steal credit? Maybe what YOU can do is be more vocal about your efforts to more people? Or when you write a report, put your name on every page?

Your manager likes to go into rage fits? If it's out of line, maybe report to HR? Otherwise you just got to learn what makes him/her rage and see what you can do about it. I don't see a lot of rageaholics in management positions. In modern office world (where women are taking over especially), there's significantly less tolerance for going into rage fits.

Your manager doesn't know what to do? Does it affect your job performance? Does it come back to bite you in the arse or his? His failure doesn't have to be yours. If you know better, than you already have the solution. You are paid to solve problems. If you expect everything to be smooth, then you have the wrong expectations about working.

And lastly, if you don't like the manager, YOU can always move. It's a lot easier to move yourself than to expect someone 30+ years old to change his/her personality.
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Nov 15, 2008
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BananaHunter wrote: You don't need to try to be a manager to deal with a bad manager. Dealing with people is an important life skill. Nobody is perfect. The first step in a lot of misery starts from unrealistic expectations of other people. Your manager is a human being like you.

If you want a BS free existence, it starts from thinking about what YOU can do. Far too many people face misery or unhappiness because they are stuck in a mindset of expecting other people to change. Expecting others to change or be a certain way is always a failing proposition. You know why? There are 7 billion other people on the planet. Surely a good chunk of them are not to your liking, or will do stupid things from time to time. You just got to deal with it by knowing what YOU can do because it's impossible to ask all 7 billion people to change. Adapt yourself to the environment. It's not just for your career success, you will live more happily too once you take full responsibilities for your actions instead of always externalizing the issue. Yes there is a lot of BS in our world. So what? Deal with it.

Your manager likes to steal credit? Maybe what YOU can do is be more vocal about your efforts to more people? Or when you write a report, put your name on every page?

Your manager likes to go into rage fits? If it's out of line, maybe report to HR? Otherwise you just got to learn what makes him/her rage and see what you can do about it. I don't see a lot of rageaholics in management positions. In modern office world (where women are taking over especially), there's significantly less tolerance for going into rage fits.

Your manager doesn't know what to do? Does it affect your job performance? Does it come back to bite you in the arse or his? His failure doesn't have to be yours. If you know better, than you already have the solution. You are paid to solve problems. If you expect everything to be smooth, then you have the wrong expectations about working.

And lastly, if you don't like the manager, YOU can always move. It's a lot easier to move yourself than to expect someone 30+ years old to change his/her personality.
That was rambling. Can't seem to bring myself to care about anything you said though.

You sound like you're still in uni. After a few years work experience and a few bummer bosses perhaps you'll understand why people lose any appetite for playing office politics.

Have fun on the treadmill. Life is better off it though.

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