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Having a good company culture will offer employees a healthy and fun place to work at. Unfortunately, bad management can easily crush a good company morale. Bad management is a very serious warning sign. It can be one of the most toxic problems of a company. This culture cannot live in the long run. So what are the worst management practices for company culture?


#1 A focus on punishment

If we are talking about motivation the negative approach is clearly ineffective. Of course, employees have to be held accountable for their work, but punishing them for every little blunder is absolutely wrong. It’s proved, that positive incentives always outweigh punishing incentives like KITA (kick in the ass). This kind of atmosphere creates constant stress and fear, which decreases the creativity and productivity of the workers.


#2 Resistance to change

Sometimes it’s worth sticking to old habits, values, but not being open to any novelties will lead to missed opportunities and possibilities. Managers should work on increasing the value of the company. Being completely against anything new will simply hinder the process. Not to mention, that it demotivates the employees as well.


#3 Indecisiveness

Managers are managers because they have to make the important decisions day-by-day in the service of the company. Indecisiveness means management doesn’t want to take responsibility and is afraid of taking a direction. This behaviour discourages the employees and proves the management incompetent, thus becoming discredited in the eye of their employees.


#4 Micro managment = bad management

= lack of trust. One can’t bring his/her best, if someone is constantly checking up on that person. What is more, this behaviour takes the focus of the employees, thus decreasing their productivity. Those people were hired, because they had the most potential/were the most promising. If that’s the case, what’s the point of constantly checking  up on them?


#5 Distance

The opposite applies as well: managers who take a decent distance between them and their employees won’t be able to bond with their co-workers. By ‘taking a distance’ we mean they’re always busy, never have time for a short talk etc. Consequently, they’ll completely make themselves look not part of the team. With this behaviour the employees will less likely share their opinions and new ideas with the management.


#6 Not listening to others

Not listening to others mean that person doesn’t value the other people’s opinion at all. Being a leader doesn’t mean that s/he has to be the one who knows everything best, every time. Not listening to the other employees is purely demotivating, not to mention that they are practically missed opportunities and/or great ideas.


#7 Lack of good communication

Not sharing important information, assigning unclear tasks. On one hand, the management doesn’t even know what does it want to achieve and how does it want to achieve. On the other hand, not explaining correctly the tasks will lead to wrong results. Worst case scenario: the employees will have to start over their work, wasting the precious resources of the company. Not to mention the huge demotivation it causes. In addition, lack of good communication is a certain ticket to misunderstandings.

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#8 Not taking responsibility

Managers with this behaviour consider their employees chess pawns in the service of their goals. If that goal isn’t achieved, they immediately try to avoid being blamed for the mistakes with a 1000 excuses. Or by finding other people responsible. It doesn’t need a lot of explanation that it demolishes the company morale, will increase the fluctuation and will make the company fall in the long run.



Bad management can never be functioning in the long run – if you encounter this problem at a firm and the situation is beyond hope, then it’s a clear wake-up call to leave the company. What’s more, bad management can be contagious. Of course it’s important to examine the situation closely: maybe it’s only you, who has inaccurate opinion about the situation, or just it’s a temporary problem. Depending on the situation it’s worth keep an eye on the management’s behaviours – they indicate a lot of valuable information what’s behind the curtains.


Have you ever experienced these problems at your workplace? Are there any other items you’d add to the list? Share your thoughts in the comments! 🙂

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