Can we give managers some support, please?

Workplace teams must aid supervisors, but first some self-assessment may be in order
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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/12/2004

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hat’s bothering managers these days? Well for one thing, they get flak from both sides — from upper management and from the people they manage. They tend to be among the first to get the blame when things go wrong, and often don’t get the support they need to perform the daily miracles that are expected from them.

One day they are deemed to be “the best” at whatever they do…and on the strength of that, they’re promoted to manager. And then suddenly they’re expected to know all about human resources issues, communication, handling people, unions and myriad other topics.