What things do you hate most about being a boss?
- Feeling the need to solve every problem
- Protecting your staff from awful upper bosses
- Annual review process
- Endless staff meetings
- Too much paper work
- Too much pressure
- Always fighting fires; no time to plan
- Endless demands from above and below
- Ever upward productivity spirals
- Staff with endless problems and few solutions
- Staff who do the bare minimum
- Staff who need constant reassurance and rewards
- Staff who feel they can get away with anything – and try to
- Feeling like you’re not doing anything you enjoy
- Feeling like your career took a wrong turn & you can’t go back
- Feeling trapped by all above
- Something else? Tell us about it!
Some final thoughtsSometimes it’s not as much about being a manager as about the company or this particular managerial position. So before you decide that you never want to be a manager again, think about what bugs you most. And whether there are manager jobs elsewhere that would have more of the good stuff.But if being a manager really isn’t working for you – and is making so many hours of your life miserable – it may be time to think about a change. Maybe you want to go back to school for a new specialty. Maybe you would be happier as an internal or external consultant.Or maybe you would simply prefer a different level job – there are some non-managerial jobs that pay well. And even if not, any extra money you earn now in a higher-level job you hate, may just wind up being shelled out one day to pay for treatment of whatever condition stress helped cause. So what have you really gained … and what are you losing?Would love to hear what bugs you most about being a boss or anything else you’d like to add!
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