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Why are managers paid more than the people they manage?

Especially engineering managers, whose reports are highly skilled and directly produce value. And more importantly, should they be paid more?
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tynamite
tynamite's avatar Because they've worked their way up to be managers, that's why? Being the manager is the incentive to work hard in the job they are managing for. Also managers should usually have experience and knowledge, that their team cannot replicate; to help bring them up.
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Because they've worked their way up to be managers, that's why? Being the manager is the incentive to work hard in the job they are managing for.
That's probably (and unfortunately) true in some cases, but I think it begs the question.
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I know that my answer has circular reasoning, but it also gives a reason why managers are better and more skilled than the people they work for.
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Cliff

Not every manager is "better" or "more skilled" than the people who work for them. There are actually circumstances where someone who doesn't have the skills and talents of the people who work for them may actually make a better manager than someone who has "worked their way" into the role.
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I know that; but just because you can give me examples, doesn't mean that the trend doesn't exist. What you speak of, is a case of bad management, which can happen in any business.
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Because they've worked their way up to be managers, that's why? Being the manager is the incentive to work hard in the job they are managing for.
That's probably (and unfortunately) true in some cases, but I think it begs the question.
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tynamite
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Me

I know that my answer has circular reasoning, but it also gives a reason why managers are better and more skilled than the people they work for.
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tynamite
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Cliff

Not every manager is "better" or "more skilled" than the people who work for them. There are actually circumstances where someone who doesn't have the skills and talents of the people who work for them may actually make a better manager than someone who has "worked their way" into the role.
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tynamite
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I know that; but just because you can give me examples, doesn't mean that the trend doesn't exist. What you speak of, is a case of bad management, which can happen in any business.
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tynamite
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Me

I know that my answer has circular reasoning, but it also gives a reason why managers are better and more skilled than the people they work for.
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tynamite
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Cliff

Not every manager is "better" or "more skilled" than the people who work for them. There are actually circumstances where someone who doesn't have the skills and talents of the people who work for them may actually make a better manager than someone who has "worked their way" into the role.
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tynamite
tynamite's avatar

Me

I know that; but just because you can give me examples, doesn't mean that the trend doesn't exist. What you speak of, is a case of bad management, which can happen in any business.
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tynamite
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Cliff

Not every manager is "better" or "more skilled" than the people who work for them. There are actually circumstances where someone who doesn't have the skills and talents of the people who work for them may actually make a better manager than someone who has "worked their way" into the role.
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tynamite
tynamite's avatar

Me

I know that; but just because you can give me examples, doesn't mean that the trend doesn't exist. What you speak of, is a case of bad management, which can happen in any business.
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tynamite
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Me

I know that; but just because you can give me examples, doesn't mean that the trend doesn't exist. What you speak of, is a case of bad management, which can happen in any business.
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