I can’t stress enough how important a good manager is for a business and if yours is failing, then your chances of success are slim to none. Of course, there might be other reasons for a team to be unproductive, but while analyzing their work you should assess the manager as well. Look out for the following signs as they mean that it’s this particular employee who’s botching your business process.
#1: Your Employees Are Complaining
Employee complaints are never to be taken lightly. And if they are becoming more frequent, there’s definitely something wrong. And these might not be complaints about the manager in particular. The very fact that people are unhappy is a sign that they might not be doing their job right.
Note that you should create your company’s structure with this probability in mind. This means that your employees need to have a channel of communication through which they can complain directly to you instead of their direct manager.
#2: They Are Bad at Communication
Giving out effective orders is only a part of the manager’s work. For your team to be productive, any communication has to go both ways. This means that while the manager does give out orders, they also need to listen to the employees’ ideas, complaints, etc. and act on them.
If they don’t do this, you’ve definitely made a mistake when hiring the person. Be sure to use personality tests during your next interview to fill the manager position. Also, revise the qualities of a good manager before you start hiring.
#3: The Manager Throws Employees Under the Bus
It’s true that sometimes your employees are at fault and by reporting this the manager is doing the right thing. However, any leader shares some of the blame when their team makes a mistake. If the manager is pushing all of the blame on someone else, you should get suspicious.
Have you noticed any such signs in your managers? What other things do you know that show a manager’s incompetence? Please, share in the comments!