On the 4th Principle: Unity of Command

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On the 4th Principle: Unity of Command
Carol , Malaysia, Member
According to Fayol's 4th Principle, Unity of Command, I should receive instruction from one boss who is my immediate manager.
However I have been instructed by other managers from other department too. And even by my colleagues. These instructions make my work overloaded. Is this not a violation of this principle by Fayol?...Sign up

Multiple Instructions of Multiple Instructors
Franciscus Koning, Interim Manager, Netherlands, Member
Maybe Fayol, in his time, would have classified it as the violation of several principles of industrial administration!
It is even more important...Sign up

Unity of Command is Aimed at Avoiding Confusion
Richard Ngcobo, United Kingdom, Member
The main aim of this principle is to avoid confusion. If an employee receives conflicting instructions from a variety of managers or supervisor...Sign up

More than One Supervisor Chokes the Subordinate
Adeyinka Oluwaseun, Student (University), Nigeria, Member
Henry Fayol was quite on point regarding the principle of unity of command. I observed that if a staff or subordinate is reporting to more than a supe...Sign up

Managers Must Realize that Employees have an Immediate Manager
Marie Florence Dieudonne, Manager, Haiti, Member
I believe the Unity of Command principle is most significant to make leaders realize that they should not command all people who work for them without...Sign up

Discuss the Unity of Command Principle with your Immediate Boss
Mukwana Ronald Samuel, Student (University), Uganda, Member
It is indeed a violation of this principle.
It could be the other managers are not aware of the principle, or they are simply not appr...Sign up

Unity of Command if one has a Line Manager and a Functional Manger
Sachin Narayan Nagle, Manager, India, Member
Hi, this really creates confusion about what should be your priorities and even more difficult who will award your performance at the end of the year ...Sign up

Confusion, Loss of Focus and Loss of Trust
Suleiman C. Muttani, Consultant, Tanzania, Member
This situation is confusing; it is like in the saying "many whistles can confuse a dog to obey the correct command".
Despite of our capabi...Sign up

How a Manager and his Manager should Maintain Unity of Command towards the Employee
Thusego Kabo, Botswana, Member
My view is that if some higher supervisor wants a particular employee to perform a task, (s)he should inform the immediate supervisor, and that...Sign up

Don't Worry
dhanaraj, Professor, India, Member
Don't become confused after receiving various instructions given by your boss, and various other people. First of all evaluate all these instructions ...Sign up

Unity of Command in Case of an Acting Supervisor
Bernard Ngwenya , Analyst, Zimbabwe, Member
Thanks for bringing out the above. Yes, it can be confusing. I have been experiencing yet another variant of a situation which is also confusing.
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Unity of Command is Also Aimed at Quick Execution
vivtoriajjemba, Manager, Uganda, Member
@Richard Ngcobo: I agree unity of command is aimed at avoiding consufion, which makes the work very slow. So the pr...Sign up

Play Along
wil son chnyamurindi, Zimbabwe, Member
Unity of command principle would only work in an environment, where everyone including your boss and superiors are on the same page in relation to man...Sign up

Unity of Command is Just One Principle That is Violated
Jamie Solak
This is a common challenge (especially for highly talented employees of which you are one!) which often requires a little more investigation and under...Sign up

Unity of Command Enables Accountability
Kwok, Student (Other), Hong Kong, Member
I agree that if a manager violate this rule, it might cause confusion to employees. It will be easier to carry out the work and finish it on time if t...Sign up

Response to the Conflicting Reporting Structures in the Current Envinornment in the Organizations
baseer, CEO, Bahamas, Member
Hi. These kind of situations are the reason I state that these are outdated princip...Sign up

Unity of Command
David Egbeama, Manager, South Africa, Member
Unity of command does not necessarily mean that instructions or additional tasks may not be passed on by bosses other than the immediate one to a staf...Sign up

Unity of Command Ensures Orderliness
Adeyinka Oluwaseun, Student (University), Nigeria, Member
The Principle of Unity in Demand is to ensure orderliness. Too much commands from different managers will lead to ineffective or no result from the em...Sign up

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