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Ineffective line managers ruin everything

9 Jun 2015 - Blog

Ineffective line managers ruin everything

As we said in our previous post, ‘Why bother with line managers if we won’t nurture them?’, which looked at the five most common crucial factors for engagement line managers lack, we know that many organisations have a problem with bad management. We also know that many of us have been at the hands of bad managers. In fact, it’s become so common that we even have popular TV shows, made so because we can relate to the pain of the employees, ridiculing the fact.

There have been many articles written about the impact bad management can have on employees, but it seems this is still a serious issue.

I can’t help but wonder if perhaps many of us don’t understand the impact bad management can truly have on engagement across the whole organisation.


Employees suffer first

Many of us know that people who manage others ineffectively can cause employees to feel demotivated. This results in:

  1. People who don’t want to come to work causing increased levels of tardiness and absenteeism;
  2. Increased stress levels in employees – further contributing to absenteeism and reducing productivity;
  3. People being more likely to want to leave the organisation.

These are a given, and I believe most people understand these elements. This should be enough to encourage leaders to invest more in developing, and spend more time choosing, effective managers to lead their teams. It seems this isn’t so. 


In what other ways does bad management impact business?


They impact the whole organisation!

Ultimately, bad management can cause the organisation to breakdown. Managers, often in the middle of an organisation, can send toxicity both up and down the organisation, or, in a flatter structure, across the organisation.

“Remember, a bad apple doesn’t stay bad alone, it soon infects the rest of the fruit bowl.”


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