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Former CEO talks about three different kinds of managers and how to deal with each one

The kind of manager one has at their workplace plays a huge role in their personal as well as professional growth.

Former CEO talks about three different kinds of managers and how to deal with each one
Cover Image Source: TikTok | @denise_conroy

One of the most crucial relationships an employee can come across in an office setting is the one with their manager. There are different types of managers in an office. Some of them work for you, while others do not. Former CEO Denise Conroy–who goes by @denise_conroy on TikTok–is helping everyone align their thoughts about employees' relations with a manager. Based on her caption, she tells her viewers about three types of managers and techniques for dealing with them.

Image Source: TikTok | @bear_miller1782
Image Source: TikTok | @denise_conroy

She begins her video by stating 3 types of managers on a spectrum, where one end has the micromanagers while the other has absentee managers. The middle of the spectrum houses the balanced managers. First, she starts talking about the micromanagers by saying they are less common than one might think. Talking about how an employee generally feels with a micromanager, she says, "It's just when you have one, it's miserable and you feel like it's probably very common." She then explains that the micromanager behaves that way because of radical insecurity and they often breathe on their employee's necks to overlook every detail.

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Image Source: TikTok | @denise_conroy

 The best way to deal with these "control freaks" is to flood them with information. She explains, "You copy them on every email or BC them. You send them reports. If you find that you have to send them a report at the end of every day. Do it. You know, simple email, a couple of bullet points, let them nash on it. You can give them reports, you can give them articles, you can give them all kinds of things." She also mentions how her first boss was exactly like this, which resulted in her eventually leaving the job.

She then moves on to the second type of manager - absentee managers. These are the ones you literally have to chase down to have a conversation. In her words, "They literally disappear." She adds, "And sometimes with these people, the only time you see them is when there's a fire drill, they need something or maybe you've made a mistake and they come out of nowhere and swoop in and start blowing up your world, right?"

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Image Source: TikTok | @denise_conroy

Her solution to dealing with such managers is to try to pin them down and ask them for biweekly or monthly one-to-one sit-downs. If that doesn't work either, be sure to send them a weekly report of your work in bullet points. This way, you're off the hook if anything goes haywire. Lastly, she talks about balanced managers. She basically says that they are what dream workplaces are made of. These are the kind of bosses that don't care how or when you're doing the work, as far as you're getting it done. Their door is open, they direct you, they give feedback and most importantly, they give you the benefit of the doubt. She concludes her video by saying, "That's the manager we'd all love to have. But if you don't, try those techniques to manage the other two!"

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Conroy's video went viral, gaining over 117K views. Moreover, people in the comment section have a lot to share about these managers as well. @varolokan had a different take on the video and said, "Different take on the subject. There are managers whose job it is to make sure you get your work done. Then there are leaders who teach you to go above." Another user, @msbluesky90, offered a unique solution and said, "Avoid this mess. Become self-employed."

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