Managers with Anxiety

For many workers, doing your daily job tasks is difficult enough, but to add a manager that has an anxiety issue compounds on those issues.

When you know you have a manager with an anxiety issue:

– Always anxious

– Always worried

– Has to have the last word

– Gets startled easily

– Micro Manages

If you notice that your manager has these symptoms, run away… just kidding or maybe not…

Managers that have these types of issues, if it is not a medical or mental problem, feel as though they have too much on their plates.  Some may also be non-adept to be a manager.  Most managers that have this issue have poor time management skills as well, which makes them even more anxious since they are procrastinating.

If you, as an employee, are a type of person that likes to help people, then here are a few tips to use to help your anxious manager or boss:

– Prove to your boss or manager that you can handle your job and more.

– Take some of the burden off your manager’s hands, if there is an email that needs to be sent out, but the manager needs to find information to create the email, look for the information and give it to them.

– Simply tell the manager to keep calm and everything is going to be okay and that you have my support.

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Dealing with a Micro Manager

Do this, then after you’re done with that do this, oh and don’t forget to do that… Let me show you how to sweep, how to walk, how to breathe…

Dealing with a micro manager is tough and extremely frustrating.  Micro Managers make you feel as thought you are incompetent and feel as though the boss does not trust you.  There is little or no argument that dealing with a micro manager lowers employee morale.

Many employees will not even tolerate dealing with a manager that cannot leave their employees alone to leave them to their job duties.  Although few employees may have earned this extra attention due to their prior mistakes or incompetence.

There are ways for an employee to deal with a micro manager:


The employee needs to speak there mind and tell the manager that what they are doing is not okay and most of the time the manager did not realize that they were acting in such a way.  The manager may respond with: I didn’t know I was acting like that, I am just so stressed ensuring that the project gets done.

Human Resources

If you are too afraid to confront your manager you can always go to your human resources department and tell them everything that is going on with your manager and how it is affecting work and your morale.


Sometimes it helps if you talk to other coworkers about your situation and you may find out that your coworkers are also experiencing similar issues with the manager.  Your coworkers and yourself, as a group, together can have a talk with your manager and maybe by having a meeting with your manager, with everyone there, the manager may recognize that it is a big issue and also make it easier on yourself since you’re not alone.

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Management that say it’s my way or the highway

Managers that do not let their employees speak or listen to their ideas or explanations.  Not letting employees explain why something happened, didn’t happened or explain why something is totally not their fault is in many people’s perspective, one of the worst qualities a manager can have.

Dealing with managers that do not let you respond is extremely difficult.  It could also be stated that what the managers are doing is a form of harassment.

Interrupting the manager could be a direct approach on how to stop management from continuing harassing employees and decreasing the level of morale.  Some managers may not notice that they are doing what they are doing until they told.

Your height doesn’t matter when you stand up for what you believe in, it only matters that you stand up.

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Why do some Employees turn their cheek

Mostly everyone has noticed that when managers, coworkers and sometimes even customers ask for something and the result from that request sometimes is that employees look the other way.  Some of those employees act as though they are preoccupied, on the phone, etc..

Employees want to do the least amount possible, but once they feel as though what they are doing means something, says something and/or has relevance to their life or the future of their success, then they will help, they will recognize and they will be motivated enough to volunteer.

Till they reach that point, they will continue turning their cheek.

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Why do Managers end up doing the Work Themselves

No matter how much you motivate or how much you inspire your employees to do their job effectively and efficiently, at the end you may be the one doing their job for them or having to complete their job for them.

So why do us managers do such a thing?  Other people get paid to do their jobs but occasionally or more often than not, their managers have to complete their jobs for them.

Granted those employees that are consecutively being told to finish their job in a timely manner are most likely headed to the unemployment office, but why do so many employees think that they can get away with it and more importantly why do so many managers allow this to happen?


Some managers may be simply afraid to confront their employees.  If this is the case, then that manager may need to find some other type of employment and if the manager is the owner of the company, maybe he/she should not have decided to become an entrepreneur, simple.  Some managers are afraid that they feel like they are pushing their employees too far by asking them to fully complete a task that they were assigned and if they ask them too often to do their jobs, then they may quit.

Poor Charisma

Some managers have a poor level of charisma, there are some people in this world that were not born with the gift of being charismatic.  That is one gift, that if one person possesses will go very far in their career.  That is if they know how to focus their attention on it.

I Don’t Mind… 

Yeah right, I don’t mind…  If you as a manager are paying someone else to do a job that they were tasked to do and you had to finish the job for them because they couldn’t (or wouldn’t) complete it and you state to yourself OR WORSE to others that you don’t mind.  You will appear weak and a push over.  Your other employees may or will follow suit with the lazy employee and will not finish their work as well and expect you, as the manager, to complete the work for them.


There are many other reasons why a manager may think to themselves that they should end up doing the work themselves, following the notion of – If you want to get the job done right, then you have to do it yourself.

The Manager needs to sit back and look at what he or she is doing while they are doing someone else’s job.  You are paying someone to do their job and you are doing the job yourself.  This is a simple wake up call and saying that you as a manager need to step up and place accountability towards your employees, that you are not going to do their job for them and that if you do their job for them you can find someone else to take their jobs.

Trust me, in this economy, there are many people willing and able to take their jobs from them.

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