Archive for September, 2014

5 Ways to Manage the Modern Workforce

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Management principles evolve alongside social shifts and prevailing business strategies, but there are nonetheless several proven approaches to business management, which can be effectively applied to a variety of circumstances.  Today’s managers are subject to high levels of pressure to extract the most from staff members, calling on them to keep morale high and maximize productivity. And since competition is fierce, missteps can directly impact an organization’s bottom line.  As a result, managers are held accountable for their methods, especially when there is room for improvement.

Effective managers use these time-tested tactics to inspire and motivate staffers, leading to high job satisfaction among employees and consistent organizational output.

Know Your Business

In order to evoke accountability and generate respect from employees, managers must illustrate competence.  Knowing you businesses slows second-guessing from staffers and protects your position with superiors at the same time.  Slip-up in this area, on the other hand, and you are likely to face a coup from employees with a more thorough understanding of the industry you work in.  At the same time, it is important to know your limitations, in order to delegate authority to those team members most equipped to complete specific tasks.  To build a foundation of respect, prove yourself early-on, removing any doubt about your job knowledge.

Establish Individual Relationships

Though it would simplify business management, there is no cookie-cutter approach to managing diverse team-members.  While each player is expected to be a professional, managers nonetheless grapple with a variety of personality types and frames of reference.  To get the most out of your staff, establish individual contact with each member of your team, accounting for differences between individuals.  To foster consensus, help staffers develop skills that support the team effort.  And always lead by example, furnishing reasons for employees to take up the collective cause of the organization.

Provide Tools for Success

There is nothing more frustrating for employees than finding inspiration, only to be thwarted by lack of access to the resources needed to follow through.  As a manager, it is important to tune-in to employee expectations, and furnish the tools they need to accomplish organizational directives.  Technology, for example, evolves continually, so staying on the cutting edge involves ongoing attention to upgrades enabling staff to perform at peak levels.  Continuing education empowers employees to do their jobs better, so access to information is an integral part of effective management.

Establish Goals and Measure Success

Guidance and evaluation are essential management principles, furnishing clear benchmarks for success and means by which to measure progress.  Clear short and long-term action plans, for example, give employees precise marching orders, keeping managers and staff on the same page, pursuing the same outcomes.  Unclear expectations, on the other hand, leave employees floundering for direction and reinforcement, undermining focus and productivity.  To keep staff on track, institute regular reviews leaning on established metrics for evaluating their successes and failures.  And while well-defined boundaries support success, it’s also important to remain flexible and open to input from team-members.

Leave Emotions on the Sideline

Motivating employees requires managers to employ an even hand and ever-positive disposition.  Setting emotions aside can be difficult when working closely with colleagues, especially on challenging projects in close quarters.  Effective managers step back, making the right impression at all costs, even if it means going for a walk to reset emotions before continuing on the job.

Each manager brings his or her own style to the job, calling on personal strengths and individual work experience to motivate employees. Yet despite the unique styles they put-forth, many effective managers lean on some of the same underlying strategies to inspire maximum productivity.  Applying an even hand and developing personal relationships with key staff members, for example, are effective approaches for many business leaders, as well as furnishing infrastructure and guidance workers need to succeed.

Author Bio:

This is a guest post by Sarah Brooks from best people search. She is a Houston based freelance writer and blogger. Questions and comments can be sent to brooks.sarah23 @ gmail.com.