Toxic Managers – by Zevillage

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The work is too hard”, We know it well since Acadian Zachary Richard sang it, then Julien Clerc. It can be fulfilling, enriching, stimulating. But working can also be a hassle when the context is difficult.

I’m not talking about painful or clumsy coworkers who break up your days and tire you out. I’m talking about your boss, your manager or your N + 1, in short, a superior, whose behavior disturbs you deeply. You feel the effects of his attitude, even outside the office. This gravity follows you everywhere, day and night, and can lead you to burnt. It can make you quit your job, as seen in great stopped American. A phenomenon very present in several channels (subreddit) of the social network Reddit or on TikTok.

Did you recognize the toxic manager. Behavior, perfectionist or perverse, sometimes even incompetence, which can cause a lot of damage to employee health, work efficiency and even the productivity of the company or administration.

You must have met this personality type at least once in your professional life. Often men but not only. At least you stumbled upon the famous micromanagerthe fussy eater who wants to control everything, even when he thinks of delegating.

If, moreover, he is crazy about work, he will tend to expect you to follow his attitude. He’ll find it hard to understand that you don’t immediately reply to his 11pm email. He has no private life and therefore he won’t care about yours.

With certain profiles of toxic managers, we leave the framework of work to enter that of psychology, even of pathology with all the nuances of perversion. Contempt, lack of empathy, narcissism, selfishness, manipulation, even sadism can be observed. I will not describe these behaviors in detail moral harassment, the web is full of them. The boss played by Michel Piccoli in the film by Pierre Granier-Deferre, A strange affairit is an illustration

Finally, there is another form of toxic and non-tyrannical management. That of the good manager friend who does not make decisions and leaves his team without a captain. Everyone loves him but he can’t. Stressful too.

How to protect yourself?

If you’ve identified your manager’s toxicity, start by discussing it with him. Bet on his good faith and on his good will. If you’re dealing with a bully or manipulator, this approach will likely be ineffective, but you should try it.

In any case, don’t be alone: ​​like any good predator, the manipulator takes care to isolate his prey. He talks to colleagues to get started. Then to occupational medicine if your health is affected. Or to a union representative if you have one in your company. Last step, if you have the chance: get out! Ask to change department or employer if possible.

Telework can be a solution to getting away from a stalker or manipulator. But distance won’t protect you from a disorganized or picky manager who schedules video conferences all day.

You tell yourself, to console yourself, that the toxic manager, especially if he is perverse, will one day pay his fixed prices. His own managers will eventually identify his toxicity to the organization and prevent him from doing harm. Well no. Why these dysfunctional leadership they often produce good results for the company, at least initially. Micromanagers and tyrants are successful on the backs of their employees.

Are you an executive, department head, manager? Pay attention to these toxic behaviors of little bosses or bad managers. The human cost of these dysfunctional behaviors is too great to be tolerated.

One last thing: are you sure you are not a toxic manager yourself? Perfect. If you see yourself as a “crocodile”, you are already on the road to recovery.

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