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5 reasons why you can’t be managed


“It’s not you, it’s me” is a phrase we like to use when ending romantic relationships, but not so much for professional relationships. When it comes to work, we are less open to admitting our shortfalls, but if your boss is bringing attention to them, it might be time to consider what you’re doing wrong and how you can improve. Here are the top five reasons why you can’t be managed.

1) Your manager is the first port of call

A good worker will use initiative in difficult situations. You need to be trusted to develop and carry out tasks to the established standard on your own because the manager has other people and projects to supervise. If you don’t use every possible resource to try and solve an issue before consulting a manager, it’s time you started. This is for your benefit as much as the company’s, as it proves you can be trusted with responsibility and could help with career progression. [The art of managing difficult bosses]

2) Your personality gets in the way

You matter. Your opinions matter. Your interests matter. Your happiness matters. This doesn’t mean you can always put yourself first. There are people we will clash with in all walks of life, but it shouldn’t mean you can’t have a professional relationship with them if in the workplace. Sometimes, not following the book makes you hard to supervise and look after whilst in the workplace. Acting too independently means your job suddenly isn’t the priority, but you alone. Sometimes, your demands and ideas are not considerate or feasible for the company and have entirely selfish motives. If you feel your needs aren’t being sufficiently met, evaluate them then perhaps consider moving on.

3) You don’t have the sufficient skills

It’s hard for a manager to help you progress when you haven’t got the foundations laid for them to build upon. It can be time consuming for a manager to dedicate time to training you up to everyone else’s level. If there are courses for specific skill sets that would help further your development at work, look into them. Many companies offer to pay for such courses, so discuss with your manager how much you would benefit from the extra training.

4) You’re not socially adept for the job

People are hard to manage when they show no signs of interpersonal ability.[How work relationships equate to results] A mix of people is required in the workplace for it to function, and being quiet isn’t a bad thing, but having a quiet personality is different to being anti-social. A good work environment requires communication, collaboration and contribution. If you tend to keep yourself to yourself, it’s possible you’re failing to meet job requirements by not socialising with your colleagues and consequently not participating in teamwork. Remember to play your role.

5) You’re just not working hard enough

Work ethic comes from ambition, passion and drive for your line of work. [DOWNLOAD: The secrets to discovering your potential FREE ebook here] If you don’t enjoy your job, chances are you won’t try very hard in it. You’ll try and pass by doing the bare minimum, but this can impact on others who do have ambition, passion and drive for their work.

You have a right to feel comfortable, safe and happy at work, but sometimes you can only get out what you put in. If you feel like changes need to be made to your working day, don’t risk your relationship with your boss by asking for everything to change around you. Think about what changes you can make.


This article was contributed by Pink Moods.