If you’ve stepped one foot inside an office these days, you’ll probably be struck by the diversity of people inside. There are young and old coming together. Introverts and extroverts go about their daily business shoulder-to-shoulder. There are simply all kinds of people, motivated by different things. If you’re a manager of people, you likely already know this. One of your employees might be totally self-sufficient, easy to work with, and take criticism well. Another may not be able to get over the fact that you went with TFS 2010 when they wanted a different product, and now they’re letting you know about it. In this article, I will provide few tips for better managing your employees.
Better communicate: Businesses are changing drastically, those days are gone when Managers were just focusing on the day-to-day operations, and still performing well. In today’s businesses, Managers need to effectively communicate with cross-functional teams, customers, clients, and stakeholders to survive and thrive.
Cross-train your people: As a Manager, have you ever been in to the situation where you had enough man power to accomplish certain task but you didn’t have the required skillsets? I am not sure about you, but I have been in that situation before. At that time, it becomes really hard to justify hiring of one other resource. Thus, it is very essential in today’s businesses to cross-train your team. Cross-training will provide you with the team of people with multiple skills, who aren’t qualified for just one narrow task, and who can be redeployed as the situation demands it.
Be a colleague and not a Boss: In tough economic climate like this, manager’s involvement in their employees goals and career is becoming more and more critical to empower your employees to deliver their best. As a manager, you can no longer afford to be seen hiding in your office and ordering your employees. It is really important that you get along with your employees to give them confidence and build trust. If you are successful in recognizing yourself as their colleague instead of their Boss, then you would be surprise to know the positive result in your team.
I hope my article was helpful, and I am eager to hear your feedback. Thanks. – Bhavin Gandhi.