The Truth About What People Think of Their Managers

Most managers assume that they know exactly what their employees think, and they are doing everything they can to meet their employees’ needs. Unfortunately, this assumption is untrue, and the reality is quite different. While many managers might be doing what they feel is best, their employees often see things quite differently and the truth can be startling. Nonetheless, employees who leave their jobs typically do so because of their managers so it is important to get the word out on what employees really think of their managers.


My manager doesn’t value my opinion.

Recent studies have shown that nearly half of employees feel like their managers do not value their opinions. Effective management means creating an environment where employees feel like their voices are heard and they are encouraged to be involved. Managers need to make it a point to listen to their employees and acknowledge their input and concerns.


My manager doesn’t appreciate my efforts.

One of the most common complaints from employees is feeling underappreciated and undervalued by their manager. Employees are essential for the success of the business, so it is vital that managers treat their employees well. Employees who feel appreciated are more likely to be motivated to succeed and they are more apt to stick around. Managers can show appreciation for their employees in several ways including verbal and written praise, awards, monetary rewards and bonuses, providing breakfast or lunch, or even giving them extra time off. A little bit of praise can go a long way in creating happy and efficient employees.


My manager doesn’t provide enough support.

A managers’ job goes far beyond keeping tabs on employees and making sure they are completing their tasks. Employees want a manager who communicates with them and provides feedback and support. The best managers are those who check in regularly with their employees and engage them by offering helpful feedback. Manager will build a stronger team and a stronger rapport with employees when they actively seek ways to help and support them.


My manager isn’t approachable.

We have all worked for a boss at one time or another who ruled with an iron fist. They lead by authority and they had an “I’m in charge” mentality. These types of managers will demotivate and frustrate employees quickly. Employees want to feel like they can talk to their manager and approach them with questions or concerns. This cultivates a work environment where employees feel empowered to speak their minds and they feel like their manager is a loyal colleague.


My manager avoids conflict.

Think of a time when you worked with someone who was consistently late, rude to customers, failed to perform their duties, or didn’t work well with others. The only thing that can make this scenario more frustrating is working for a manager who fails to address the issues. Managers aren’t always peacekeepers. Managers are responsible for effectively handling conflict in a timely manner.