Taking a bite out of bad managers

HR needs to recognize the bad apples and stop the rot
By Lyndsay Swinton
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/17/2009

Spotting and stopping the “bad apple” manager from spoiling precious human resources is an ongoing challenge. HR needs a multi-pronged attack to stop the rot before stress, attrition and reduced productivity are the norm.

The bad apple manager has many guises, some easier to recognize than others. Blandness, inability to make decisions and abdication of responsibility are just as challenging as the more obvious bad management behaviours — such as being a control freak, bullying and political spin doctoring.

At a human level, bad management increases stress and anxiety, and for some employees it can become so acute it prevents them from attending work. Absence from work has a direct financial impact on employers, lowers productivity and increases workload for remaining staff.