Unprofessional Habits of Managers That Make Employees Dislike You


Dean is a talented employee. He is smart and diligent. However, ever since the old manager was replaced with the new ones, Dean seemed so stressful that his productivity and performance are hampering. The new manager does not give enough encouragement and recognition for his employees. So, Dean chose to to find a more comfortable place to work that could recognise him more for his hard work.

“A bad manager can take a good staff and destroy it, causing the best employees to flee and the remainder to lose all motivation.” – Peter Drucker

Dean is only one example of individuals who work under bad environment that a manager might bring within organisation. James K. Harter, Ph.D., Gallup chief scientist for workplace management, commented that 75 percent employees leave companies due to managers’ bad behaviour. “Although money is important, it cannot buy employee loyalty”, Harter added. In the United State, Gallup writes that in half of American employees have left their jobs to get away from their manager at some point in their career. This finding suggested that managers are one of basic reasons of voluntary employee turnover.

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Moreover, there are some other reasons why employees leave their manager. Among them is ‘unprofessional’ behaviour managers show at work. Below, we compile the most common unprofessional behaviours managers do that employees have no toleration. Here is the list.

1.   Managers who rarely or never show appreciation or give recognition to employees

2.   Managers who take credit for other’s work

3.   Managers who are words speak louder than actions

4.   Managers who play favourite which  demotivate employees from giving their best

5.   Managers who fail to show empathy

6.   Managers who fail to give time and availability

7.   Managers who often hide from problems and make their zones as a shield

8.   Managers who fail to deal with tough conversation

9.   Managers who micromanage their employees

10.  Managers who cannot give solutions to every problem

11.  Managers who focus more on negative side and mistakes of employees

12.  Managers who are too noisy and often say bad about their employees in either public or private places

13.  Managers who cannot show their professionalism and are being too childish

14.  Managers who cannot fulfil their job role and bossy

15.  Managers who are dictator

16.  Managers who cannot listen and often lack focus during conversation

17.  Managers who focus more on short-term and operational rather than company’s vision

18.  Managers who often avoid important talk

19.  Managers who cannot give guidance

20.  Managers who play office politics

21.  Managers who blame others for their mistakes

22.  Managers who expect employee to work like robot

Leah Arnold-Smeets, owners of Emiko Consulting, said, “The bottom line is, bad managers are bad for business, and they are even worse for their employees.” Therefore, in order to create good workplace culture, employees should be smart in dealing with ‘unprofessional’ managers. Meanwhile, managers should be flexible enough with advices and should be able to reflect to their own behaviour in order to improve themselves and company in general.

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