One thing that employees, any employees hate (is hate too strong a word?) is a manager that knows less, cares less, and does less than the employees themselves. It does not matter if the employees are on the same team, in the same location or even if the manager is a “nice” person! Employees hate bad bosses! It does not matter how well their boss operates or manages their team (scheduling PTO, passing out production, scheduling monthly meetings), there is an empathy for those employees under the “boot” of the man.
When a manager cares about their employees it shows in the employees’ productivity, as the majority of employees are nowadays just happy to have a job. This effort from management gives the individual employee a sense that they matter and that they may have a job tomorrow!
If the manager exhibits fantastic time management skills and properly matches the employee with skill-to-task assignments, the employees are ecstatic. How many times have you seen or been assigned a task that you had no clue how to do and then were chastised for it? How many times have you been assigned a project by management that your own direct manager could not complete?
When a manager shows a basic knowledge of the amount of time required to complete a certain task and give their employees that leeway to complete it, they are happier than kids getting candy on Halloween. Add to that if the manager knows the strengths and weaknesses of their individual employees and assigns them duties they can complete in a timely manner.
Rather than having them “go at it” or “figure it out” working as a team and being a resource to your employees makes for happier more productive employees with better morale.
If the employees are constantly working and pressing their noses to the grindstone, while their manager goes on their fifth coffee break with their peers or are playing games online, while the rest of the staff is trying to meet daily goals/numbers, the morale suffers.
Instead of worrying about the numbers those employees are worried more with finding a new job than dealing with a lazy manager. And let’s not get started if the team is the reason why that lazy manager is getting promotions and/or praise from upper management because of the staff’s hard work! You can kiss that good morale goodbye!
I have seen many management’s styles and they all lead to high turnover rates, inconsistent productivity, and low morale for an organization.
I know that I am not alone here in what I have witnessed with managers. What’s your thoughts?