Employees are often scared of their managers—after all, managers have a tremendous amount of power over their direct reports.
But, what we perceive as reality isn’t always true. There are some things your manager would really prefer you didn’t know.
Here are five of them:
1. I Can’t Fire You
Sure, one of the definitions of manager tends to be hire/fire power, but the reality is, in the vast majority of companies managers don’t have the ability to unilaterally fire their employees. What they do have the power to do is recommend a termination, but they can’t carry through without a sign-off from the Human Resources department and their boss, and often the boss’s boss.
Why is this? Well, companies have set policies in place for terminations. Usually, if the reason for termination is poor performance, companies have a set 30, 60 or 90 day performance improvement program (often called a PIP) that the manager must go through in order to terminate. This gives the employee a chance to fix problems and avoid termination.
Now, this doesn’t mean that if you get caught stealing you won’t be kicked to the curb by the end of the day, but everyone will be happy to sign off on that quickly.
Companies want to make sure the procedures are followed so that there isn’t anything unfair. The policies allow for double checking to make sure no one is terminated because of race or gender and that similar consequences happen for similar bad behavior.
To read the other 4 things, click here: What Your Boss Doesn’t Want You to Know
Read more: http://www.business.com/management/5-things-your-manager-doesnt-want-you-to-know/