All of us have experienced the boss from hell at some point in our lives. During that time you were managed by the holy terror, you vowed that you would handle things differently if you were ever to hold a position in management. Well, that time is now and we all need a little advice to improve our management skills. You don’t want your employees to have the same feelings for you that you had for “What’s-his-name” back then. You will find that your employees will produce better quality work and work more effectively if they like what they’re doing, where they work, and who supervises them. And it all comes down to you.
Below you will find 5 tips that may improve your overall management techniques. By using these, common sense, and remembering past experiences, you’re well on your way to becoming a better boss.
1. Threatening your staff is not an effective motivator. Believe it or not, there are some bosses out there that feel that by instilling fear in their employees- docking pay, suspensions, firing…- they have the upper hand and are running their business in the most efficient way. However, when the environment employees work in is volatile; keeping employees under tight wraps and having them experience great amounts of stress on a daily basis, the overall end product is deficient. Staff turn over rates is usually rather high under bosses who run their business like a tyrant as well. This is not the most effective way to lead your staff.
2. Know your staff. Get to know them on a personal level without compromising your leadership role. By understanding and taking an interest in your employees, it shows you care and will allow you to find motivators that will improve productivity. Being able to have a relationship with your employees will also improve their opinion of you, and even make them more apt to stay with your company long term.
3. Ensure your directives are consistent and concise. Leave no room for misunderstandings. It is important to allow your employees to have the room and opportunity to make judgment calls. However, by leaving things aloof, it allows for wasted time as your employees ponder on the best way to complete the task.
4. Don’t ask your staff to do something you would never do yourself. This sends out a message of them being less than worthy. Yes, you have a position of power and what you say goes. However, if the task is something that will leave your staff uncomfortable or crosses personal and professional ethics for them, then it’s best you don’t make the request.
5. Keep your staff up to date on their performance- whether good or bad. Your staff shouldn’t have to wait until their review to find out how they are performing. By taking the initiative, it also allows for the opportunity to improve their skills. If staff is weak in some areas, offer them additional training and increase their skill set. If an employee is performing well, acknowledge their achievements; even offer incentives to make them feel more appreciated.