Having a management role in the workplace might be a dream come true for you, but it isn’t as easy a task as we would like to imagine it to be. You’re not only working to ensure your employee’s happiness to maintain productivity in the office, you are fighting to retain your best talent as well.
With the right management style, you can become a better boss to your employees. And here are 5 ways to do so:
1. Keep your word
Why is keeping your word so important? If you break your promises often enough, you are going to start losing the trust of your employees. When that happens, your employees lose heart in their work, which becomes very apparent in the quality of work they produce.
We get it – your heart is in the right place when all you want is to do more for your employees. But it’s time to realise that by continually breaking your word, you are doing more damage than good.
2. Provide positive feedback
Everybody likes a pat on their backs once in a while. So, instead of assuming that your employees know that they’re doing a good job, pay them a compliment. Make them feel appreciated and feel that their hard work isn’t going unnoticed.
As your employees start feeling more confident, the productivity in the office increases as well. Isn’t that something you would like in the office? All you have to do is start giving out positive affirmation more often.
3. Let your employees do their work
Many of us are guilty of this. But if you make your employees feel like they do not have ownership over their jobs, they will start feeling disheartened, developing a “not my project, not my problem” mindset for all the work they are assigned to.
You hired them for a reason – stop micromanaging and let them do their jobs. Remember that delegating work is the key to increasing productivity.
4. Listen before speaking
Your employees will turn to you if they have run into problems regarding work – that’s what you are there for. Brushing them off by telling them to solve it themselves because “it’s their job” will only frustrate them further.
Have an open door policy where they can approach you at any time, or set up a time to meet with each of them. Listen to what they have to say, before dishing out advice.
5. Taking disciplinary action when required
One of the most terrifying roles of an employer is disciplining employees that haven’t been performing as they should. You wouldn’t only be giving the green light to the employee to continue acting the way he has, you might also end up angering the whole team due to your inaction.
Sit down with said employee to plan out what needs to be done. If need be, you can consult your boss or higher-ups for strategies on dealing with the employee.
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