Are You An Active Manager?

By Morgan Lewis

Becoming a manager is often a welcomed addition in responsibility, though in some cases managers forget what the job is all about.  It’s the thought of many that managers are there to make sure employees are engaged, but in fact it’s the manager who needs to be actively engaged in order to develop the most effective employees.  Whatever your approach to management may be, take a look at these bits of advice and ask yourself if you practice these habits regularly.

  1. Manage consistently: You have to be a manager every day, not just once and a while and during annual review period. Take time each day to meet with someone on your staff.  More time spent with employees develops trust and produces greater results.
  1. Manage one person at a time:  Each employee is different; there’s no step by step procedure to management.  It may take some time, but understanding each employee will guide you as to what approach you should take when managing them.  Some people need more management than others, and the only way to figure that out is to have an active approach.
  1. Don’t be shy about stating your expectations: Managers expect employees to go above and beyond expectations, but how are employees to do that if they don’t have defined goals and objectives?  The best managers give clear direction and solid deadlines.  Get in the weeds, show employees how it’s done; a hands on approach is the best way to prove to employees that you’re right there with them, and they’ll be better equipped to get the job done the right way and on time.
  1. Keep track of employee performance: Employees like to know where they stand in the eyes of their superior.  Take note of individual employee performance and share your observations with them regularly.  Annual reviews are important, but you should share feedback with employees more than once a year.  The more you share with your employees, the more comfortable they will feel in sharing concerns and challenges with you.
  1. Solve problems quickly:  Correcting issues swiftly is the best way to help your employees get back on the right track.  Schedule regular meetings with employees in both group and individual settings. Having open lines of communication with your staff will foster trust and a cohesive work environment.



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