Chances are, there’s something in particular about your manager that really gets under your skin at work.
New research from compensation, culture, and career monitoring platform Comparably found that 39% of employees overall say being a “micromanager” is the “worst” characteristic a boss can have while being “impatient” was the least most-common response at 9%.
More than 2,200 users working at different U.S. companies — predominantly in tech — took the survey. Here are some of the results that stood out.
Here’s how young workers feel about their managers
The research found that for respondents ages 18 to 25, being “disorganized” was the worst characteristic at 26%, followed by being “overly critical” (25%), a “micromanager” at 22%, a “know-it-all” at 15% and “impatient” at 12%.
Among those who identified themselves as “tech designers,” their boss being a “know-it-all” was the least of their concerns at 8%, while being a “micromanager” and “overly critical” were the most common complaints at 30% each. The most popular choice for “entry-level” workers was being “disorganized” at 25%.
Men and women had the same most-popular and least-popular answers: 44% of men and 32% of women chose a “micromanager” as the worst, while only 8% of men and 10% of women chose “impatient.”
Comparably CEO Jason Nazar commented on the research in a statement.
“Creating a more rewarding workplace culture starts from the top down, and according to our most recent study bosses certainly have room for improvement,” Nazar said. “The fact that thousands of employees ranked micromanager as the No. 1 worst trait in a boss tells us that workers want their managers to do a better job of delegating and trusting their teams.”
So, you don’t like your boss. What now? Here’s what to do, based on the tough supervisor you have:
If you have a micromanager, be your own advocate
Sometimes, you’re all you have — especially when it comes to your career.
But if your boss micromanages you, there’s only so much you can do while preserving the balance of power at work. But keeping track of what you complete and getting things done by taking the initiative might serve you well.
If your boss is a know-it-all, don’t flip out
“The temptation to argue with a know-it-all simply based on principle can be strong, but it is often not worth the effort. You will waste valuable time and energy when the chances of actually persuading them is slim,” he writes. “Also, if that person is someone with more authority, you risk coming across as confrontational or insubordinate. If a know-it-all boss gives you an unsolicited suggestion, deflect it by responding with a disarming or passive response such as, ‘Thanks for the suggestion,’ or ‘I’ll consider that for next time.’ ”
If your boss is too critical, talk it out
Chrissy Scivicque, a writer, corporate trainer, career coach and Founder and CEO of coaching and consulting company Eat Your Career, writes on her site that you should “address it” with your manager.
She provides this sample script: “I recognize that I’m falling short of your expectations quite a bit lately. What guidance can you give me to better meet — and even exceed — your expectations in the future?”