Good performer, bad manager, ugly situation

By Fred Pamenter
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/23/2002

The first job I ever had was working as a stock boy after school and on weekends at a national grocery store chain. The one memory that stands out above all others was that I had a bad manager.

Today, he wouldn’t be employed based on the way he used to pinch the female cashiers and tell lewd jokes. However, it wasn’t just his inappropriate behaviour that was so bothersome but rather that he bullied and intimidated everyone. Interestingly, he was held in high esteem by the company’s senior management because he managed a profitable and efficient operation.

You’d like to believe that this kind of thinking has disappeared over the years, but unfortunately this isn’t the case. Although the disagreeable behaviour of bad managers may be done in a more politically correct way today, it continues to exist and in many cases is overlooked by senior management when good bottom-line performance is achieved — even if it is short term.