Good managers make leading look easy. Without batting an eye, they communicate with their employees, manage tasks getting done, and ensure their department’s happiness at work. If you want to be this kind of astounding manager, follow these ten golden rules.
Listen to Your Employees and Get Feedback
The people who know best about how you’re doing as a manager are the people that you manage. Take a little bit of time every month to touch base with your employees and find out how they think you’re doing, what you’re succeeding at, and what you could be doing better.
Make Work Enjoyable
You don’t need a fancy pool table or an elaborate food budget to make employees happy. Forming positive relationships with everyone in the workplace create an environment that people enjoy being in and feel comfortable with.
Employees respect a manager who is honest and transparent about what is going on. Don’t try to keep secrets from your team members. People can sense a snake from a mile away.
Be Open to New Ideas
Humility is a key trait in a leader. Always be open to at least considering new ideas at work, regardless of who they may come from. Often it is the people working in the trenches who can see what will improve their work.
Set an Example
You can’t expect your employees and team members to follow rules that you disregard entirely. If you want your employees to focus on work hard, you need to do it first. If you want them to be timely and respectful, you must be as well. Don’t ask them to do things that you won’t do yourself.
Don’t Assume One Solution Fits Every Situation
As you adjust to management and find your groove, you’ll begin to find specific ways that you like to handle delicate situations. However, every situation is different and will require a different response. As you encounter these situations, ask for advice from fellow managers on how to best manage what it was going on.
Work as a Team
Just because you are in charge of making sure that work gets done does not automatically make you superior to your employees. No matter your status, it is important to work with your team, as a team as often as you can.
Recognize Your Employees
No one wants to go to work at a job that doesn’t appreciate them for the work they do. For many people, particularly millennials, they want to leave work with more than just a paycheck. Give your employees the shout outs and praise they deserve when they go above and beyond in their work.
Consistency is important in the workplace and to team members. Employees expect that their manager will be pleased with the same kind of work and dislike other types of behaviors or work. If you want your employees to feel comfortable and confident, you need to be consistent in what you require of them.
Efficient communication is possibly the most important aspect of managing. Of course, how can your employees or colleagues know what you expect if you don’t make this clear? Always remember that listening is just as important as speaking when you communicate.