Being a manager does come with certain perks, such as having the respect of your employees, a higher salary and more freedom.
While these seem like great advantages to a regular employee, what many people that end up becoming managers find out is that there are also many disadvantages of being a leader.
Read on to find the 3 cold hard truth about what it’s really like to be a manager before taking on this position.
You Feel Alienated
While most employees focus on the fact that they will finally be respected by their colleagues when they become a manager, they don’t realise that many managers feel alienated from their team.
When you are a lower level employee, your coworkers can joke with you, complain to you about their workload or upper management and goof around.
However when you become a manager, your staff know that their careers are in your hands, creating a wall between you and them.
They no longer feel like they can joke around with you, much less treat you like a friend.
This leads many managers to feel like they are alone in the workplace and can’t commiserate with anyone else.
You Feel Like You Are Babysitting Grownups
Another complaint about management is the fact that you feel like you are babysitting grown-ups.
While there are stellar employees that are self motivated and dedicated to their jobs, there are also plenty of those that need to be monitored and directed in order for them to do their jobs properly.
Managers are often overwhelmed that they need to make sure their employees get in on time, actually focus on their work and doing it correctly, and don’t skip out early.
Providing feedback that never seems to get corrected is also bothersome and can get annoying.
Being responsible for other human beings is no easy task, and one that many managers simply cannot get used to.
You Still Have Someone To Answer To
One of the biggest reasons that employees strive to become managers is that they believe they will no longer have anyone else to answer to.
However, this is often very far from the actual truth or what it’s like to work in this position.
If anything, managers have more people to answer to, such as customers, c-level executives, investors and partners.
Also, while a regular employee can say that they didn’t know something or weren’t trained properly, a manager can’t use this excuse as they are the actual boss.
The truth is no matter how high you climb up the corporate ladder, there’s always somebody to answer to.
Head of Training and Development
Originally published: 27 October, 2017
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