Work would be perfect…if only my manager didn’t drive me crazy. Throughout my career, I’ve had my share of managers who drove me crazy.
One manager was obsessed with being a fashion police. It was my first job out of college. I only owned two suits and a trench coat. I didn’t have anyone to give me money to buy a nice suit for each day of the week, much less buy me a nice winter coat. I was in management consulting and had clients on the east coast and midwest. When my manager gave me my year-end bonus, she added a snide comment about how I should use my money. She suggested I buy a decent coat at Saks and buy a few more suits.
I had one manager who would intentionally lower her voice when she was saying something important. I couldn’t understand and still don’t understand this tactic. If you have something important to say, then say it in an audible volume.
Another manager had quite a temper. We were traveling and he was on his Blackberry while driving. We were approaching a toll booth and he read an email which unnerved him. It unnerved him so much he accelerated towards the toll booth shouting obscenities. He then slammed on the brakes stopping short between two toll booths. Still in shock of his childish behavior, I looked at him and calmly told him from now on I would drive.
The manager who frustrated me the most loved to micromanage even though he had no clue what was going on with my clients. He loved using jargon and telling stories that had no relevance to the situation. He wasted a lot of time — a lot of my time. To this day, I believe he just enjoyed hearing his own voice.
At this stage of my career, I can laugh about these incidents. I realize now that everyone has quirks – I know I have mine.
If you struggle with a manager who drives you crazy, try to find humor in the situation. Find friends outside of work where you can share your stories. But more importantly, vow not to become a manager who drives employees crazy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life, and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter, and financial advisor. Her services include spending plan, financial plan, divorce financial review, life strategy, and professional progression. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me’.”