Being a manager, CEO, or director is not easy in today’s modern business world. There are a few bad manager traits that we highly recommend you avoid whenever possible. Take some inventory of yourself to avoid creating a staff of toxic employees.
1. You do not give constructive feedback to employees
The difference between feedback and constructive feedback is the following:
- Feedback, alone, is criticizing.
- Constructive feedback engages in employee development.
Managers stay in a position of authority by displaying an interest in developing employees. The more managers criticize the less likely they will be listened to by the employee.
2. You make jokes at your employee’s expense
Avoid the bad manager trait of teasing employees about their personality and how it affects their performance. More so, you are making the employee feel like the laughing stock of the staff. Even worse you are risking a Human Resources complaint.
Repeated sarcastic comments or humor at the expense of the employee is a good way to show you do not respect them.
It is NOT a bad manager trait to have a sense of humor. You become a bad boss when you stop respecting the feelings of your employees. It also makes it more difficult for staff to know if you can be taken seriously.
3. You ignore your employee’s thoughts
Bad manager traits like ignoring employees is a passive aggressive behavior that tells employees, “I don't care". Employees also interpret it as, “Please leave me alone until I speak to you”.
What makes this trait bad is that you need your employees. But they do not know it. Ignoring employee’s thoughts eventually leads to toxic employees.
Your employees begin treating others in the office the same way. After all, you led by example.
4. You try too hard to be everybody’s “friend”
Being friendly is NOT a trait of a bad manager. Yet, when a manager tries too hard to be every employee’s friend, it becomes bad for the office. Your employees need to respect and trust you as a manager. They do not need to be your friend outside of work, or on social media.
Connecting with staff on LinkedIn is normal. But when you cross the line between work and personal life, you can start to be a bad boss. At some point the next day, you need to be the boss again.
If you are too friendly and then attempt to lead, or worse, fire someone, this may make your employees think you are a bad boss.
5. Giving vague directions to employees
Good employees desire knowledge, career growth, achieving goals and learning. If you have good employees, and they seek direction, it is a bad manager trait to say something like this to your employees:
- “Figure it out yourself.”
- “Google it. I am not sure what to tell you.”
- “Do what we did last time.”
This has the potential to become highly bad for your office, too. If your employees do something wrong, they have the right to say you weren’t helpful.
The above statements also give employees a false sense of autonomy in the workplace. Why should they listen to their bad boss with bad manager traits when it won’t be helpful in the first place? Why listen when the manager does not care enough to give direction?
The last thing you want as a manager is a full staff that second guesses your leadership!
If you are looking for advice on how to be a great manager, check out this post 10 Great Manager Traits!