A study by Gallup demonstrates that 70% of American workers are disengaged in their job. This is inclusive of 50% of the workforce that is simply disengaged and another 20% that is actively disengaged or openly unhappy. What is the problem with these statistics? The answer could be manifold but one possible reason is that poor management is overseeing these unhappy workers. It’s difficult to thrive under bad management. It breeds poor morale among employees and creates potential for slacking. Employees who are disengaged in their jobs have a tendency to leave their jobs or look for other work, but it is possible to be guided under poor management. Here are 5 tips on how to succeed under ineffective management.

1. Avoid Foul Play

If you’re subjected to a poor manager, odds are you’ve thought of exposing their incompetencies to someone even higher up on the totem pole. Perhaps you’ve considered bringing some of their work to their boss, but just because your boss behaves badly doesn’t mean you should.


If your boss’s behavior irks you, take it in stride. Consider what motivates your manager to act the way in which he or she does. Don’t jump to blowing the whistle on them. That could reflect badly on you as well.

As an aside, if management is poor, you should get everything in writing, in case you ever need to speak with human resources. In that instance you will want all the evidence of ineffective leadership you have to demonstrate your predicament.


2. Be Supportive and Respectful

Ineffective management is still management. They are going to come out with ideas and projects for you to work with and on and you are expected to comply. If the ideas they are coming out with are, in your opinion, bad ones, remain supportive of management and respect their decisions. This could pay off for you in the long run as a loyal employee.


Poor management is reported as a top reason for employees leaving their jobs. If you are looking to leave this job for a new one, maintaining a good relationship with management is paramount in getting a stellar recommendation. If you upset management by not doing your job properly or to their expectations, you will likely get a poor review.

3. Let Your Ideas Be Heard

Even if management is coming up with bad ideas, you shouldn’t hesitate to speak up with new ideas that may be beneficial to your organization. You could in the process gain the respect of your manager or managers and co-workers.


Again, maintaining a good relationship with ineffective management is important for a number of reasons; not only could you need a recommendation from your boss but also, your boss has the ability to make your work very difficult. Don’t open that door. Offer all your best efforts to your company, even in times of poor leadership.

4. Converse with Your Fellow Colleagues

Working in a low morale environment can be difficult to process. Make alliances with your co-workers to make the days a little easier. They may share similar feelings about your boss or management with you. If you do have common ground regarding management, be careful not to let it embitter you or your colleagues. Keep the information amongst yourselves. You may be able to talk to human resources about management if the problem is pervasive amongst the workers.


5. Talk to HR

If your poor management problem is pervasive, consider talking to human resources. HR can provide HR software that will allow for a variety of productivity related tasks to be completed by the employee rather than the management. For example, some of this software allows the employee to clock in and out, request sick and vacation time and keep track of their documents and contracts. Other software of this kind helps with recruitment and payroll.


Talking to HR could lead to changes in management, but it could also engender changes in how the company runs by introducing beneficial HR software. This software may be helpful for you to organize your day and limit your contact with management to what is absolutely necessary.

“...people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers..,” concluded a Danish study of about 4,500 public service workers. The low morale caused by ineffective leadership can cascade into a huge decrease in productivity and ultimately, it causes employee dissatisfaction. As mentioned previously, 70% of the American workforce is currently disengaged in their job in one manner or another. If you find yourself under bad management, follow these tips in an effort to guide your productivity and morale. Ineffective management can produce the worst results in employees, but you don’t have to let yourself become a bad or disengaged employee; always take an active role in your successes and always be working towards the solution.

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