Hello SOTGC community,
I recently rented the movie Horrible Bosses (which I would not recommend by the way, despite the great cast), and it really got me thinking about all of the managers I’ve had in my career. Some have been wonderful, although I must admit that this was not the case for the majority.
My favorite manager had an open door policy, and actually meant it. If I had a challenge with my team, I could come to her for support, and she was very willing to help me work out any issue.
Some of my other managers on the other hand, were not as encouraging. There were times when I would dread seeking their counsel, because even admitting I may want guidance (or their opinion) was seen as a sign of weakness. And weakness meant I couldn’t handle my job, and that meant I did not have leverage if I wanted to be considered for any type of raise or advancement (even though all of my job performance was darn near exemplary…if I do say so myself). Talk about feeling like you are in between a rock and a hard place!
Hello stress. Goodbye wellbeing.
Although I can’t say I’ve had a manager that made me want to hire a hit man to get rid of them, like in the movie, I can say that those less-than-ideal managers certainly caused me to want to run for the hills, or the nearest punching bag. And I know I am not alone.
According to Gallup research, one of the most important social relationships that we have is the one we have with our “boss”. However, take a look at these facts:
*Time spent with your boss is rated lower than time spent doing household chores and cleaning.
*Of all people, time spent with your manager is the worst time of day.
Perhaps those findings aren’t so shocking, but these figures are…
*Individuals that believed their managers to be the least competent faced a 24% higher chance of serious heart problems, and that number jumped to 39% higher after four years of working with that manager.
*The highest levels of disengaged or unhappy workers report having managers that ignore them.
So, what can we learn from this?
If you are shopping for a job, it is wise to pay close attention to the management team you will be working for, and take that into consideration before signing on the dotted line. This is often overlooked during a job hunt, but it is very important!
If you are currently unhappy with your management team, I encourage you to get creative and try to do something about it…it may be the difference between having good health or a heart attack.
If you are a manager, or in any type of leadership role, pay attention to your interactions with your team, and ask yourself the following questions: Are you engaged? Do you inspire? Do you bring good energy to the environment? Do you offer as much praise as you do criticism? If you answered no to any of those questions, you are likely affecting the performance, health, and happiness of your team, not to mention your bottom line.
All of that said, no matter what side of the management/employee relationship you are on, it is wise to remember that we are all human beings, and as such, some days will be better than others. So before you run for the hills, or judge an employee’s challenges as weaknesses, see if you can be part of the solution…because there always is one!