Poor Management Practices Undermining Great Culture

Azlen Othman
by Azlen Othman
Nov 30, 2022 at 6:04 PM

It is too straightforward for a few incompetent bosses to erode your company culture. Poor management practices can have a negative impact on everyone's employee experience. Let's look at these practices, why they're bad for work engagement and corporate culture, how to spot them before they cause too much damage and how to correct poor management practices.


Emphasis on punitive measures

Punitive measures may generate short-term results but overwhelmingly instil resentment and fear. It does not pay off in the long run. When teams fail to meet their objectives, it is often not their fault. Sometimes they don't have the resources they need to achieve their goals, and other times the goals are unrealistic.

Instead of concentrating on penalising employees who do not follow the guidelines they've established or fail to meet their goals, effective managers work to improve their performance. Great managers support and inspire their teams to embrace responsibility naturally by assisting them in seeing and appreciating the purpose of their work.


Rejecting diversity

The lack of diversity in the corporate industry is especially noticeable in tech companies and entrepreneurs. Diversity is an important social issue, but it is also a business issue. Managers who hire and train homogeneous teams miss out on a significant strategic advantage. A company with team members who all look, think, and act alike is more likely to fail.

When faced with adversity or presented with an opportunity, the broader skill set and point of view of a diverse group of skilled individuals is a significant asset. You can broaden your organization's perspective and capabilities by actively seeking and celebrating diversity.


Neglecting imbalances

It's one thing to have outstanding employees from whom you can expect exceptional performance; it's quite another to constantly expect more from your workers than they're capable of delivering. Individual goals of the organization should be idealistic, but not at the expense of destroying your team. People will eventually burn out if they aren't given opportunities to unplug from work, whether it's largely attributable to an endless barrage of small assignments coming in at all hours or humongous assignments that require round-the-clock work.

Stephen Milbank of Button explained how a lack of balance can lead to problems at work and home and why he and his team focus on maintaining a healthy point of view on expectations at work: We wanted to help our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance. Work is frequently elevated to a pedestal to take precedence, putting undue strain on the balance of their life's demands.

You must consider and prioritise balance for your employees when developing company policies, distributing workloads, and making hiring decisions.


Keeping a safe distance

Andre A., M.D. de Waal, MBA, Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the Maastricht School of Management, and Academic Director of the HPO Center describes how bad managers are always "busy" and "involved in many, many projects; in fact, they're so busy that there isn't enough time to work on regular tasks!"

Managers owe it to their team members to be approachable and supportive. This does not imply that they'll be on-call indefinitely (managers are also prone to imbalance), but providing possibilities for connection with the team is critical. Managers who are too preoccupied with providing this service are failing their organisations. Managers owe it to their teams to be approachable and supportive.

Ensure you give your team the access and assistance they need to succeed. If you cannot provide it yourself, it is time to practice delegation and find someone that can. Although it is critical to provide employees with the autonomy they require to do their best work, it is also critical for them to have the sense that someone is driving the bus and that individual is good at what they do.


Freezing with indecision

A manager's job includes making decisions, which is one of the reasons they are paid more than other employees. Employees regard managers who are either hesitant to take responsibility or afraid of the implications of decision-making as ineffective. Management is an extremely difficult profession, but it can also be extremely rewarding. Anyone can become a great manager if they avoid some of these common pitfalls and constantly strive to improve.

Some workplaces suffer as a result of ineffective or incorrect management. Management is ineffective when it stifles rather than promotes productivity. Favouritism, a lack of communication, and indecisive leadership are all examples of poor management practices. Ineffective managers are frequently unaware of how their management style affects their team members and may require coaching to implement more effective strategies.


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