Management is an important element of any business. It is the manager that keeps the company run smoothly, puts out any fires that arise, prevents them from occurring in the first place, and support his or her team to success.
Whether you’re a manager of a large corporation or your small business, having the proper skills to manage people is essential. A weak manager can doom any business to failure. Don’t let that happen to you. Look at our five reminders that will help you be a better manager.
Learn Who Your Team Is
A good manager is one that knows every person on their team. You don’t need to know every detail about each person that you manage. However, to build a solid relationship with each employee, you should show interest in who they are.
Spend some one-on-one time with each person on your team. Ask them questions about their job, career goals, what they’re good at and could improve on, and let them go into a bit of detail about their personal life. It shows that you care, and it helps to develop a solid, trustworthy relationship between the two of you, resulting in the more enhanced productivity.
You’re Still Their Boss
With all of that said, it’s crucial to remember that you’re their boss first. Many new managers think they need to be friends with everyone to gain their respect. The fact is, if you want your team to respect you, you need to manage them properly.
Trying to be friends first with everyone will only get you into trouble down the road. You’ll have moments when you have to make difficult decisions or discipline an employee. They need to know that you’re their boss and that everything should remain professional.
Pay Close Attention to Finances
Although money isn’t everything, you do need some to keep the doors of the business open. As the manager, you should pay close attention to the finances. Keep note of where you’re doing well and what is costing the company much money.
Even if you end up making cuts, knowing everything about the company’s financial situation will help you make an informed decision. It could also tell you that you may simply need a business loan to get you through difficult times. Make sure you learn more about business loans before applying for one.
A common reason for employees to leave their job is due to management. Quite often, their boss never listens to them or has poor communication skills. A good manager is someone who is actively listening to their staff and is available to talk with whenever needed.
Trust Your Employees
No one likes to be micromanaged. It’s hard to feel trusted when you have someone looking over your shoulder when you work.
Don’t micromanage your staff. You need to trust that they know what they’re doing, and the best way to do that is by letting them do their job.
Motivate Your Team
A good manager is one who knows how to motivate his/her team properly. You want to give your staff a reason to work hard and do a good job. Sometimes, they simply being told they are supposed to, won’t make for it.
The best way to learn how to motivate your team is by using some of the points above: getting to know your employees and actively listening to them. You’ll pick up on what they’re good at, things to improve on, and what motivators work for them. Not everyone responds the same way, so it will take a bit of trial and error until you have the best motivator.
Being a manager has its ups and downs. To be successful though, a good manager is always learning new and innovative ways to be better at their job.
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