Every organization has that one or two managers who are so lazy, it is an open secret and the subject of every office gossip at the cafeteria and the bar.
For some reason, some of the laziest bosses are usually the most protected in the organization and any employee who complains about them will sooner lose his job than the boss get fired. It is the way the world works. And lazy bosses are usually good manipulators to inspire fear among those who work under them.
But whatever they do, can never be quantified and there are junior assistants who always do the job only for the boss to claim to take all the credit.
I can’t find any discernible research on employees and what they think of their bosses, but I have gathered enough anecdotal evidence to prove that every organization has a fair share of clueless top managers who are a source of so much pain to junior employees.
The salary structure in most organization is so badly skewed that bosses pocket up to ten times what the most productive employee pockets.
There are three types of lazy bosses.
The first one is the clueless type. One who got to the top, not on merit but mostly through connections, shady dealings or who bribed his way to the top. Maybe he is there to protect certain interests. They rarely bother to upgrade their skills, rarely care about the day to day events of running the departments as long there are junior assistants who do the actual jobs. The world, after all, has no shortage of overzealous junior assistants angling for a promotion, or licking the boot of the boss for a favour.
In this category, we also have women who sleep their way to the top, and hardly care to upgrade their skills in the workplace. Since she will be protected, she will sit in the cushy corner office, and some usually have a rotten attitude that is the source of so much negative energy in the office.
The male equivalent is the one placed there because of their family name, or the school they attended even when evidently, they are incapable of producing just one simple idea that can transform the department.
The second category of the lazy boss is the one who actually knows his or her job but has overstayed in the role, that he is now too complacent, and totally averse to any changes that young and fresh blood may bring to the organization.
They are respected for their longevity and experience and hardly ever questioned, but many young employees know that they draw the top salary for doing absolutely nothing.
Most bosses hide their incompetence in their managerial roles, and do absolutely nothing in the course of the day, other than make nonsensical calls, or even more annoyingly go for a round of golf, wasting the company’s resources, in the name going out to make connections.
The third category of a lazy boss is the one hired because of their famed experience from elsewhere. Maybe they shined in a certain company, then they are poached by a rival in the hope that they can reproduce the same performance that made them stars earlier. Only for them to settle in their roles and settle for complacency.
Lazy bosses affect the productivity of the company badly. They don’t inspire employees and employees, especially the ones who carry the bag for the boss mostly feel aggrieved because the salary structure in most organization is so badly skewed that bosses pocket up to ten times what the most productive employee pockets.
And most bosses usually wield inordinate and disproportionate amount of power over their subjects. Most bosses, especially lazy ones rarely tolerate dissenting views and their insecurities ensure that no competent person can be hired to the department because the newbie may take their jobs. Thus, they are very bad gatekeepers, and sadly that is how most companies haemorrhage the best talent.
The top management of an organization must keep tabs on the departmental managers more than they even do with their employees. Most bosses hide their incompetence in their managerial roles, and do absolutely nothing in the course of the day, other than make nonsensical calls, or even more annoyingly go for a round of golf, wasting the company’s resources, in the name going out to make connections.
To be a manager means one working twice as hard than the most hardworking employee. It means being on top of the game, always looking for new ideas to improve your department, inspiring those who work under you. You have to make them feel that you deserve the fat cheque every end of the month.