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How to become an ultra-toxic manager – or not

If your entire team is working remotely, it’s easy to fall victim to stress and rely on quick fixes for reassurance. Like constantly demanding updates on Slack, via email or text. But in the long run, there are better ways to increase productivity.

The current pandemic, and the unexpected need to work remotely, is a huge source of stress for all of your employees. Developing a way to work together remotely is a daily challenge. In these circumstances, if you want to become a toxic manager, despised by all of your employees, here are three rules you should definitely follow: 

  1. Spy on your employees.  
  1. Micro-manage every second of their day. 
  1. Make them guess what you want from them. 

However, if you don’t want your team to go off in the wrong direction (or burn out), it’s better to empower them. Rather than micromanaging your employees, here are three guidelines to follow: 

  1. Shift from command-and-control mode to trust and support. 
  1. Encourage colleagues to log out whenever they want. 
  1. Give them all the information they need about priorities and actions – clearly and on a regular basis. 
To go further

 “These toxic remote management approaches are leading to worker burnout

by Alex Kvamme, (FastCompany, december 2020).

Françoise Tollet
Published by Françoise Tollet
She spent 12 years in industry, working for Bolloré Technologies, among others. She co-founded Business Digest in 1992 and has been running the company since 1998. And she took the Internet plunge in 1996, even before coming on board as part of the BD team.