In this new article you’ll learn how to become an effective manager.
One of the most critical components of a successful business is having successful employees who have the right knowledge, skills, and attitude that will help your business get ahead. And for you to have successful employees, it is not enough that you hire the cream of the crop who graduated from the top universities or who have the right experience and background.
It is also important to give them the right kind of manager who will encourage them to perform their best and who will want them to keep working in the company. Sometimes, employees leave the company they are working for because they have a horrible boss who treats them badly. If you are a manager, you do not want to be the reason why employees quit.
How To Become An Effective Manager:
So how important is good management in the success of a business? The right kind of management does a lot for the company’s success. The paragraphs below will give you an idea how important good management is for the success of a business.
Good management helps achieve business goals
Every company has its own goals that need to be met at a specific timeframe. Having good management helps the company achieves its goals that are usually set at the beginning of the fiscal year.
A good manager keeps all parts of the organization working towards the goal. The manager plans and implements actions that will help the business achieve its goals. They make sure that the goals are reached by maximizing the use of resources and ensuring that work output greater than the input without sacrificing the quality of work.
Just imagine if the company has bad management. The different departments will not be able to work cohesively to achieve the common business goal. This can lead to delays, low-quality work, and profit losses.
Good management makes employees feel good
When you hear the word ‘manager’, you automatically think of a person working in a company who handles a group of workers in a particular department. In a company, the manager can lead one whole team or several small teams with their respective supervisors.
In any case, managers work with people to get things done for the company. A good manager knows how to handle employees and let them feel good about working in the company. A good manager encourages, motivates, and provides constructive criticisms to his team. A manager is effective if his team looks up to him and is not afraid to ask for help or advice.
The employees perform their best not because they are scared of their manager but because they are motivated and encouraged to perform their best. If the employees and managers are working harmoniously, this will affect the overall success of the company. The organization will function like a well-oiled machine whose different parts are working properly.
Good management maximizes resources
Companies have different kinds of resources such as capital, equipment, office supplies, space, utilities, time, and labor. A good manager knows how to use these resources optimally to achieve maximum output. And if the resources are properly used, it means wastage is reduced which helps the company save money.
An effective manager also knows which resources are scarce and if there are alternatives that can help the company cut back on expenses without compromising the quality of the output.
Good management simplifies the company structure
Managers are responsible for the distribution of work, allocation of resources, and specialization. Good managers are able to perform these responsibilities well, making the whole organizational structure and the workflow much simpler. The different sections of the company will know what is expected of them and which prevents overlapping of work.
It is important to maintain the boundaries of responsibilities to ensure that all the employees know what is expected of them and how much they can influence the company. They will know their regular duties, their rights as employees, and the opportunities for promotion when the company grows.
The manager ensures productivity in the work floor by assigning the right person to a specific task and making sure that no two employees are working on the same thing.
Good management improves stability
There will be external events in the market that will affect the company. It is important that the company remains stable and well functioning despite the necessary changes that have to take place inside the organization. This is possible with the right kind of management.
A good manager will be able to come up with solutions that will help the company adapt to the changes inside and outside the organization without hurting the company and its workers. Working with a strong and solid manager will not make the employees feel worried about losing their job and they will be able to continue working as if everything is smooth sailing.
Effective Management Tactics That You Should Know
As a manager, you should learn some effective management tactics that will help you become a better and successful manager without losing your mind especially in these modern times when most companies are trying to cut back on resources and raise productivity to increase profits.
It will surely put you in a tight position because you are between the upper management and the regular workers. On one hand, you want to please your bosses by doing whatever they ask you to do. On the other hand, you want to be a good manager by ensuring that your team is not overworked and is treated properly. It may be difficult to make these two factors meet, but it is important that you try your best as the middle manager.
To give you some effective management tactics that you can use at work, you need to check out the following paragraphs.
1. Treat your people the way you want to be treated
One important aspect of good management is a good relationship with your team. You need to treat them the right way if you want to have a harmonious working relationship (1) with them and you want them to raise their productivity. It is important to treat them the way you want to be treated if your roles were reversed.
Nobody wants to be bullied or yelled at or criticized all the time. You should put yourself in their shoes to know how they want to be treated in certain situations. If they commit a mistake, you should not yell at them or embarrass them in front of others because this is not the way you want your manager to treat you.
Instead, you should talk to them in private, coach them, and give them positive and negative feedbacks so that they know what they need to continue doing and what they still need to improve on.
You should also give motivation and encouragement to your team so that they do not need to be pressured and forced to do what you ask them to do. If they are motivated and inspired, they will perform their best not because they are scared of you but because they want to.
2. Communicate with your boss
Managers also have bosses and more often than not, these bosses put a lot of pressure on the middle management to increase productivity which is why they also put pressure on their team to raise production.
It is important to have an open line of communication with your boss that will allow you to express your opinions and ideas. If you have a great idea that you think will help the company, you should be able to explain it to your boss without hesitation. If you disagree with your boss, you should be able to show your opinion without feeling scared.
Just remember to still show respect when voicing out your opinion especially if it is against your boss’ own opinion. This way, you will not feel as if you have to follow everything that your boss tells you to do even if it is against your will or principles. If you at least believe in what you are doing, you will be able to explain it much more easily with your team and you will be more excited to start on the project.
In relation to this, you also need to learn how to say ‘no’ to your boss without showing any disrespect. If your boss is asking you to work overtime for the nth time and you promised your family that you would be home by dinner, you should learn how to say ‘no’.
Sometimes, you have to stand firm so that people will not think that you are a pushover, even your boss. Your boss is probably asking you to work overtime all the time because he knows that you will not say ‘no’.
3. Learn how to delegate work properly
Another important thing to learn as a manager is delegating work to your team members properly. Sometimes, your workload piles up because you assign them to the wrong person or you decide to do everything yourself. You may be the manager, but it does not mean that you should be the one doing everything.
It also does not mean that you should let all the workers do the work while you are doing nothing. You need to know how to distribute work evenly among your team members including you. You should assign tasks based on specialization so that the job will get finished more quickly and the quality of work will be good.
As a manager, your job is to oversee their work and check their progress from time to time. By assigning tasks to different people on your team, you will not feel too stressed out and your team will achieve your goal in no time. And it is important to give them credit for the work that they did as a way to motivate them and keep them doing their best.
4. Learn how to prioritize different tasks
As a manager, you should learn which tasks to do first so that you will not get overwhelmed with all the things that your team needs to do. You need to prioritize the most important tasks or the tasks that have the nearest deadlines. You should also consider finishing one task before moving on to another one. T
his will keep you from having several unfinished projects that you need to get done all at the same time. If you are working on a large project, you should divide the project into different stages that has different deadlines.
This way, you will be able to monitor the progress of the project more easily. This way, you can prevent your team from procrastinating which usually happens when there is a huge project that has a long deadline.
5. Know your limits
People sometimes accept all projects that come their way thinking that it is an opportunity for them to grow in their career. For managers, not accepting projects or tasks may make them seem inefficient or lazy.
However, it is important to know your limits and your team’s limits as well to keep yourself from getting drowned from all the tasks that you need to do. If your team’s schedule is already full, you should stop from taking more tasks and instead focus all your attention on the current task at hand so that you can start on another one right away.
You should also know your team’s limit when it comes to their skills. Your boss may want you to do a web design project but if no one in your team knows anything about web design, you should explain this to your boss so that he can assign it to
This does not mean that you should always do this. It is also important to improve your team’s skills and knowledge by encouraging them to attend trainings and seminars. This will make your team even more efficient and productive.
These are the things that you need to do if you want to become successful without losing your mind as a manager in your company. You need to make an effort to be a good manager to your team despite the external forces that you cannot do anything about.
You should set an example to your team (2) that you can stay sane at the workplace even when there is a lot of pressure coming from the higher ups and other external factors.
I hope that this article will help you to stay sane and become a successful manager despite the pressures and demands of the job.
The next step is to make sure that you apply this in your own work life.