Thumbs down for incompetent management

Feb 26 2008 by Derek Torres Print This Article

You might be forgiven if you thought it was "harass the boss" week on this blog; after all, this is two posts in a row where I'm about to give management types a hard time. But maybe, just maybe they have it coming!

Our focus turns to Canada, where the Angus Reid group recently polled workers as to what really gets under their skin with respect to their jobs.

Managers took top honors with 53 per cent of respondents stating that incompetent managers were the most annoying part of their work. I think it's safe to say that 100 per cent of us can safely identify with that 53 per cent.

Lest you think it was a blowout, 52 per cent said that negative co-workers were the most annoying. Now, I'm not good at math, but that puts us over 100 per cent!

With so many people voting against incompetent management, one has to wonder how managers in most companies earn their wings. Such results speak to the need for better management training (especially for those who simply rose through the ranks without any type of formal management training or education).

While it's always great fun to make fun of a bad boss, it is indicative of a much more serious problem that can seriously impact morale and productivity. It can also cause for a higher than necessary turnover of those 53 per cent who find bad management to be the worst part of their jobs.