Not everyone is cut out to be a great manager. You will come across some amazing managers who go above and beyond to bring employees together as a team. On the other hand, you will also have to work with managers who do not possess leadership skills, make bad decisions, waste their time on micro-managing the most insignificant tasks or create conflicts within the team they are supposed to manage. Here are three common mistakes made by managers that could impact your career and some tips to help you deal with these difficult situations.
Mistake Number 1: Failing To Properly Communicate With Employees
A manager's duties usually include keeping employees up to date with goals, policies and any other important information. A good manager should provide employees with feedback on their work, clearly explain and define an employee's job duties and be available for questions.
If your manager is not doing any of this, you have a serious problem on your hands. How are you supposed to do your job if your goals and responsibilities have not been clearly defined or if your manager is not providing you with the information you need to prioritize your work?
Approaching your manager and asking clear questions about your responsibilities, goals or any other piece of information you need can be a good strategy. If your manager cannot answer the questions you have, find another reliable source of information within the company you work for. A colleague who works under a different manager or someone who ranks higher than your manager should be able to provide you with the information you need.
Mistake Number 2: Not Recognizing Your Hard Work
This one is definitely frustrating and can have a terrible impact on your career since your manager will never recommend you for a raise or a promotion. A manager who never acknowledges your hard work is definitely not doing their job. You might even come across managers who give all their attention to employees who tend to complain often or to a few favorite employees.
Your manager might simply not notice all the work you put in. You can get more recognition by asking your manager to set some goals for you and by reporting to them later with the proof that you largely exceeded these goals. If your manager is truly not aware of all the work you do, they will probably underestimate you and set some goals you can easily exceed.
A manager who is aware of your hard work but will not recognize it for a reason or another is a very different problem. Your best option is to talk to your Human Resources representative and explain that you do not feel valued by your manager. You could for instance contest what your manager wrote on your last evaluation or let your HR representative know you would rather work under a different manager.
Mistake Number 3: Sharing Inappropriate Information With You
An overly chatty manager is a bad thing for your professional life. Juicy gossip can make a slow day a little more interesting but you should keep in mind that a manager who gossips about other employees with you is more than likely telling stories about you as well.
You will also come across managers who share too much information about themselves and treat you as a close friend rather than an employee they are responsible for. This type of relationship can hurt your job since you might feel uncomfortable about saying 'no' to your manager when they push more work on you - even though these tasks are not part of your job description.
Maintaining healthy relationships with colleagues and managers is something you learn over the years. You need to decide for yourself how much you need to know about the people you work with and set some limits on how much you are willing to share with them. Do not hesitate to engage in friendly chit-chat when things are slow but be careful not to cross the line and gossip about others. Your best option is to simply withdraw from a conversion if you feel that the information shared is too personal.
Working with a manager who makes any of these mistakes is not something that will help you reach your professional goals. If you feel stuck with a manager who does not do their job well or who does not value you, you should consider a career change.
Contact us at Staffing Plus, Inc if you are interested in new career options.
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