Last year I wrote a post titled Standing Up For Yourself, giving employees some tips on how to address managers that treat them badly. Unfortunately, I heard from a lot of people who just didn’t quite see it that way for a number of reasons.

It’s hard to convince someone that they actually have some rights as an employee. It turns out that you might not have as many rights as you believe you have, or as many as I believed you had, based on an article I came across titled 10 Workplace Rights You Think You Have — But Don’t. It’s interesting, but it seems that not everyone has the same rights based on where they live, and that’s depressing because I’d always believed many of the rights mentioned in the article were federal rights. In a way I’m lucky living in New York, where many of the rights on the list are valid.

In any case employees often wonder what makes managers act horrible towards their employees. There are many reasons of course, but here’s a sampling of those reasons.

1. Don’t know any better. This is the number one reason because most managers have never received any training to know how to be better leaders.

2. Scared. Managers who don’t know their jobs are scared of being found out. Managers who worry that someone else might know more than they do will work as hard as they can to keep those people down, no matter how helpful they can be to the organization.

3. Full of themselves. Sometimes when people get any type of accolade they start believing their own “press”. When that happens they’ll believe they’re always right and in the right and thus can behave any way they want to and will treat others badly.

4. Lazy. Unfortunately, laziness manifest itself in many different ways, one of those being that they could care less about investigating anything or verifying anything that doesn’t personally affect their job. However, when things go wrong you can bet that they won’t take the blame for any of it.

5. Incompetent. There are many managers that get promoted for the wrong reasons, without verification of whether they know what their doing or not. Sometimes, they don’t know the work their employees do either. This will always lead to some very bad decisions and alienation of employees.

You can add to this list easily enough so give it a shot. I will say this though; it’s managers like these that make employees leave companies, and it costs a lot of money for employers to constantly have to hire new people. So they really need to figure out how to get a grip on bad managers.
 

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