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HRTV: How to spot toxic managers

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Singapore – Bad managers who manipulate and bully their teams will, not only corrupt an organisation’s culture, but also destroy workplace relationships, causing high employee turnover.

“Every employee under that bad manager will become ineffective and inefficient,” Terry Sheridan, managing director of executive consultant firm Guardian Angel, said. She explained the political and toxic nature of the organisation will cause productivity to suffer as employees will “spend more time watching their backs than actually doing their work”.

Sheridan said bad managers are a poison to the organisation as they bring down the morale of their colleagues and can cause many of them to resign. “People don’t leave just leave jobs, they leave bad managers,” Sheridan said.

According to Sheridan, bad managers fall into two categories – tyrant and mediocre. A tyrant, who believes he is superior to the rest of the organisation, tends to bully and overwork his employees. They would also use the organisation’s resources for their own needs, and a “master of office politics”.

While tyrants are easy to spot, Sheridan said mediocre managers are the harder to recognise as a problem in the company. “Mediocre managers are the tricky ones to find because they are the appeasers and the ingraciators.”

“They’ll use flattery to get what they want, and they’re very clever. They’ve been doing it for a very long time,” Sheridan said. She added these managers do the bare minimum at work, and “prefer to get on well with others than getting the job done”.

Sheridan added both types of managers are inconsistent with their work, and being aware of those inconsistencies can help HR identify leaders who should be dismissed.

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HRTV: Small Talk reveals their ideal work spouses

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Singapore – The line between professional and personal lives are blurring with two third of employees having a work spouse who influences their decisions both inside and outside the office.

According to a survey by Captivate Network, nearly a quarter of work spouses maintain constant contact with each other even during weekends. The relationship is so close that it can affect decisions on where to eat and what type of clothes to buy.

This episode of Small Talk discusses the advantages and dangers of having a work spouse, as well as Lee Xieli’s own experience on having one. She also explores the secrets behind running a successful family business with Sabrina Zolkifi.

Melvin Tan, managing director of the Cyclect Group, said recruitment and succession planning issues can be thorny in a family-run organisation. “It’s trickier because [family members] will always think they can overwrite HR when it comes to policies and rules.”

Although Tan has relatives heading several divisions within Cyclect, he said a conscious decision was made to ensure there is only one family member in any management team. He added it was to avoid any preferential treatment or conflicts of interest that could affect the overall business.

Sabrina also shares her experience visiting Changi Prison for the recently concluded Yellow Ribbon Culinary Competition.


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