We have all at one time or another worked for someone who was out of control and somewhat unstable. Unfortunately the number of these type of managers seem to be growing in companies today across the country. This is probably why so many businesses today have a high employee turnover rate.
You know a manager is out of control when everyone in their department does not respect them or the majority fear them. Either one of these scenarios can destroy the productivity and harmony in a department. An example of an out of control manager can be someone who is having emotional problems at home and comes to work and take these problems out on their staff.
I once worked for a woman who has having major problems at home with her husband. I found out that her husband would belittle her in front of their children, which resulted in her having low self-esteem. So she tried developing self-esteem by coming to work and bullying people. Some days she would call a meeting (without any notice) and demand that you give her a full status report of everything you were working on. Since she gave no meeting notice, most of the people in the department came across during the meeting as unprepared. Who wouldn’t? And the few people who tried to give their status report got sharply cut off because the manager said they were taking too long.
Then there was another day when she came around to everyone’s desk and demanded that they re-arrange all their files right on the spot. Some of the people were talking to clients on the telephone and could not believe that the manager was asking them to do this. The last straw for me was when I heard that she was requesting the passwords to all of our computers. Although I felt bad that this manager was having problems at home, her behavior to me and my co-workers was unacceptable. Fortunately she resigned a few months later. It seems that her unstable personality and bullying tactics had reached the ears of management, so they gave her the option of resigning or getting fired. Before giving her this ultimatum they offered her some paid time off to get counseling, but she refused.
Another example of a manager out of control is someone who shows no leadership or direction but still expects their staff to meet all their deadlines and exceed expectations. I have worked for this type of manager too. One in particular never showed any interest or leadership in their employees, but would explode if something wasn’t done right.
These are examples of people who are out of control and should have never been managers.