One of the top causes of stress at work is perhaps a little surprising, but then when you reflect on it, not that surprising at all.
The line manager. Your boss. The person you report to.
Get a good one and everything is fine. Get a bad one and your experience at work can be dreadful. On our personal efficiency training the biggest cause of inefficiency is a poor manager. By far this causes the most stress, worry, anxiety and negative impact on time management.
So what can we learn from this? Firstly if you’re a manager, reflect on is and consider the impact you have on your direct reports. Secondly, if you have a poor manager you have a range of choices.
- Talk to HR for advice on how to approach the specific situation.
- Talk to your manager.
- Address each issue in isolation as they occur.
- Ask a trusted colleague for their perspective or opinion.
- Leave and find a better employer.
sorry, if this sounds a bit dramatic, but the long term impact of this situation can be devastating, so best to deal with it early on.