Many businesses undergo episodes of bad management processes. Some companies learn and move on, building on their experience to improve, whilst others keep repeating the same mistakes over and over. In this article, we will discuss management practices which are detrimental for an organization’s progress and survival.
Leaving things late ( procrastination )
The most efficient organizations close their tasks off at the earliest, especially if they are of a certain priority. Leaving things late might work a couple of times, but there is a higher risk of failure if this is the customary approach. At one point, something out of your control will delay you, which is why contingency is essential.
People within successful organizations are accountable and understand the remit of their responsibilities. In companies with a lack of good management practices, everyone is badly coordinated and does not understand which areas he is responsible for, leading to significant gaps and failures. Once s*** hits the fan, people start pointing fingers and blame is displaced like no tomorrow.
Failing to recognize good employees
Another common bad management practice is the inability to recognize the positive contributions of good employees. In an environment where successes of individuals and teams are not celebrated, people become demotivated and will seek other opportunities.
Lack of control
In businesses where employees fail to grasp control of situations, mistakes tend to happen. In order to ensure the right execution, controlling situations is essential. Examples of adequate control would be to ensure that all the people working within your team are well-aware of their roles and responsibilities, and making sure that everyone is doing what is expected.
Recognizing employees’ positive contributions publicly is indeed motivating. When it comes to criticism however, and pointing out areas of improvement, these discussions should really take place privately, on a more personal level.
Some managers and senior executives may apply strategies of fear creation so that their subordinates do not slack. This may indeed be effective for achieving short-term results, however will be problematic in the long-term. Employees will gossip against their bosses and may secretly seek other job opportunities, where their security is not threatened.
Ever went to a meeting and came out more confused? A typical scenario of a badly managed project. When meetings are an ineffective means of communication, people become disorganized and unsure. Time waster meetings need to be addressed by senior management personnel who can bring order to chaos and poor coordination.
Do you have any other examples of bad management? Let us know in the comments section.