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About 11 years into my current job I became a supervisor. It just happened, sometimes you have to step up to fill a void. I had been front-loading my career for a while, meaning simply working my butt off.
Being a manager sucks. You manage people now. If this sounds like your idea of what being a manager is, then I call bullshit.
Some forums can only be seen by registered members. Shawn Davis III. I've been in management for about 6 years now and I've only managed hourly workers. I like that challenge of being a manager as well as the higher pay.
Jan 1, Timeless Tirades. After all, managing is easily one of the most thoroughly researched, discussed, studied, and otherwise obsessed-about topics on the planet. The American Management Association alone lists management-related seminars on its website, as well as web events, for example.
You sail toward your destination, maintaining the ship to the best of your ability. Suddenly, the ship leans to a side, and you almost lose your footing. You look to the helm to see the captain yanking the wheel, announcing a new direction for no apparent reason.
But brave leaders learn from it all. Click here to catch up on previous blog posts. Welcomed and unwelcomed.
This post is not so much about management being lonely though it is, at all levels as it is about the special loneliness of middle management. If you're a top manager, a founder or C-level type, you still have to deal with loneliness since the power you have over the people below you in the org chart inevitably crimps any relationships you form with thembut you at least get the compensating benefit of being able, to some degree, to determine your own destiny: you make decisions, the company pivots to follow them. Middle managers don't even get that; they're sandwiched between the people above them, who actually get to decide what the "company line" is, and those below them, who just have to follow it.
It's Metafilter's 20th anniversary! To celebrate, scan some cats or help fund Mefi! What are the pros and cons of supervising others at work?
Sometimes we have the pleasure of working with a manager we really like and respect, and who respects us too. Other times, the relationship isn't so great, and we have to deal with someone we can barely tolerate. Still, with the job market being what it is, you don't want to just quit every time you work for someone you don't get along with. Here's how to grow a thicker skin at the office and learn to deal with a boss you may not want to see every morning.