3 things that drive your manager nuts

3 things that drive your manager nuts

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Whether you are just starting out on your career journey, or have skipped a few stones along the path, you have no doubt always wanted to get inside the mind of your manager to understand what its like to be them for a day and understand what really irks them.


Sadly the most boring thing about all managers is they are a person just like you and I, and they too ride the waves of success and triumph and the lows of underachieving. However with that said we all want to try and avoid the pitfalls of making the key mistake of driving our manager nuts, so just how do we do that?


Honestly, it isn’t rocket science or a well held safely guarded secret, its good old fashion common sense, and sometimes in the craziness that is our 9 - 5, its easy to lose sight of common sense. So here are the top three tips to avoid driving your manager nuts.


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1. Dishonesty

This may seem obvious and down right straight forward, however ten years of working in HR will prove to you that human beings by nature are more dishonest than I would like to think. One of the most common dishonest traits I have witnessed in my journey is when it comes to sick days. Managers get it, we are human, there is only so much we can endure before most people just want to stay in there pj’s and not have to show up for work, and you know what that’s ok- it’s how you deal with it that really makes the difference.

For me if an employee came to me and said they really just needed a day off because they were feeling overwhelmed with life and work, like they were running on empty, then I would encourage they take a day off to look after themselves. Where I struggle is when employees feel that they have to tell a white lie or stretch the truth, you know what, no ones perfect, sometimes we all just need a little rest and recuperation- that is ok, just be honest!


2. Lack of initiative

Most managers these days are incredibly time poor, so it comes as know surprise that employees who will more often than not broach their manager with an issue without even having tried to brainstorm a solution first. You need to remember your manager is there to support, guide and lead you, a good manager will not solve your issue or conundrum for you but rather ask you to talk through why you believe that solution "A" is a better fit than solution "B". So next time you are unsure or are needing a solution give it your best shot at coming up with a bevy of solutions first, use your initiative and then talk these through with your manager. I assure you, your manager will be suitably impressed, it is always better to come with a problem and a potential solution rather than just a problem, bring the bomb so to speak but also bring two ways to ensure it does not detonate!


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3. Poor communication

More so than ever before we work in a world than relies so heavily on multiple forms of communication. As we are all working from home and virtual communication is the main way businesses operate it can mean messages get lost in cyber space or importance of issues are missed. On a digital age we communicate at work via email, on internal chat systems, using video tool such as Zoom. This all creates the propensity for individuals to become lazy and forget the golden rule of strong communication- make sure you gauge that the recipient is listening.  This is no different for your manager, if you email them and days later still no response learn how to best work to their communication style, don’t always assume they need to adjust their style for you. If in doubt pick up the phone, you will find that so much more is achieved without the frustration for your manager of coming back from a meeting to 100 emails from staff.


Overall, try to put yourself in your managers shoes, not only are they managing a group of people to work effectively within a business to reach goals, but they are dealing with those peoples lives and emotions and trying to find that healthy balance to keep everyone happy - including their own manager! Remember we are all human and we all make mistakes, honesty is the best policy in every case and above all, communication is key! 


written by
Stephanie Berry 

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