Being an effective manager is no longer about assigning tasks and giving out orders, but rather it involves a process whereby managers lead by example. Gone are the days where managers can reside in their offices running their preverbal ship from behind the scenes, now managers are expected, and rightfully so to lead from the forefront. Employees respect members of management who are not afraid to get their hands dirty, who are willing to take on any task, no matter how small and demonstrate what true team work really is.
Managers play a pivotal role in providing the structure and knowledge, which forms the foundation of how employees should conduct themselves and perform at work. Successful results are not just achieved by adopting a ‘just get it done’ attitude, but by constructing and following through with a process that motivates employees to perform at their best. Understanding how to effectively manage a variety of employees, fairly and objectively may require practice, but is essential if you want to increase productivity and encourage business growth.
Effective management begins with communication. With busy schedules, management do not always make the time to keep employees in the business loop. Management should make employees aware of changes to current or new projects, ensuring that they understand what is expected of them. Without communication, maintaining a consistent brand message can prove difficult. Additionally, it also prevents employees from feeling comfortable to share their ideas with their seniors, which could result in a loss of valuable insights. Communication doesn’t have to involve time consuming talks. If you have an intranet portal, post the latest news on there or send a companywide email to keep employees up-to-date.
Delegation is also crucial in managing an efficient and productive work environment. This should always be conducted thoughtfully to ensure that you are assigning tasks that match and utilise your employees’ skill-sets. As an employer or manager you may want to take control of every situation, but in reality this can have negative consequences. Not only will it lead to possible burnout for yourself, but it will also leave employees feeling that you do not trust them to complete tasks without your input. Delegation will help achieve the completion of heavy workloads, whilst ensuring you meet the required deadlines.
Finally, setting goals for your employees will give them something to strive towards. Make sure that they are specific and measurable, whilst ensuring that they fit with the company objectives. In line with this, when employees reach certain targets or achieve success on a particular project, giving them recognition will guarantee that they are motivated to continue working hard, stay loyal to the company and feel valued by their employers.
Whilst management can be a challenging task, taking into consideration the aforementioned ideas should make it easier. No business can run efficiently without solid processes in place, and this is where effective management is paramount to the continued growth and success of any organisation.
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