3 Cold Hard Truths About What It’s Really Like To Be A Manager

September 7, 2017

While many of us want to climb the corporate ladder, a large majority don’t really know what will greet us when we finally arrive.

While you may think your supervisor is a dud and believe that you would make a better leader, the truth is that being a manager is not all delegating and creativity – it’s often a lot of hard work and thankless effort.

Read on to find 3 cold hard truths about what it’s really like to be a manager.

Long Hours

You may be an hourly worker who is dreaming about what it would be like to be on salary and not have to take off hours for a doctor’s appointment or holiday.

However, British managers don’t have it as easy as their subordinates believe.

In fact, managers often work more than anyone else in the workplace without being compensated for it.

Full-time managers and senior officials work 38.5 paid hours a week, but actually work 46.2 hours, a difference of 7.6 hours,” according to a source.

However, “workers in elementary occupations, regarded as the lowest skilled jobs,  work paid hours of 44.2 and 41.4 hours respectively, but have little gap between paid and total hours.”

A Lot Of Responsibility

While typical employees are responsible for certain tasks, a manager is supposed to be in charge of everyone and everything having to do with their team.

Leaders often complain that the amount of responsibility delineated to them is a lot of pressure, and they have to think about work not only in the office, but also during their time off.

It’s a fact that some managers don’t get any time off, especially if their businesses operate 24-hours a day.

As such, employees may contact them at all hours of the day or night.

If a business has contacts overseas, managers often have to conduct late or middle of the night phone calls with other countries in order to connect.

This amount of responsibility causes a great deal of stress for managers, leading to insomnia, weight gain and anxiety.

Not Being Liked

Although many employees crave the respect a managerial position offers, many don’t realise that their bosses may not only not feel respected, but also disliked.

Managers are forced to provide feedback to their workers, which is not always positive.

No one likes giving negative feedback or taking disciplinary measures against other people, but this is a typical part of a manager’s job.

This often results in managers feeling alienated from their teams and believing they are not liked.