Note: This is a guest post whilst I am away getting some fresh air in The Highlands. Back next week.
At one point or another, we have all worked for a Bill Lumbergh. The character, immortalized in Mike Judge’s film Office Space, is the epitome of the soulless, droning, irritating manager whose choice in shirts is every bit as maddening as his ability to magically appear at the most inconvenient moments of the workday.
Some of us may have even been a Lumbergh and not realized that our managerial style fomented hatred amongst those working under us. Anyone who has been a manager knows that the responsibilities involved in keeping a team both productive and content can often become difficult to the point where we find ourselves making decisions that would have appalled us when we were the ones toiling away in cubicles.
Management doesn’t have to be a despised position. It is possible to keep a team focused, productive, and–dare we think it?–happy. Here are a few tips to help you on your way to becoming as un-Lumbergh-like as possible.
What do you think? Are there any tips that you would add onto this list?
Guest poster: Al Natanagara is a writer, journalist, and blogger whose career includes stints with ZDNet, CNet, CBS, LexisNexis, and Law Enforcement. He has written on a plethora of topics including: homicide forensics, app development, and the finer points of cooking and enjoying offal.
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