Managing employees effectively

Top tips for managing employees effectively.

A suited lady in an office The following tips are recognised as the essence of good management and should help you to develop a stronger relationship with your employees.

An effective boss builds an atmosphere of open communication

Open communication is a major factor in employee satisfaction. An employee must be able to approach and talk openly with their boss. An effective manager invites suggestions and even constructive criticism. Instead of waiting for an employee to initiate communication, they solicit feedback and discuss current problems and possible solutions. An exceptional manager cares about the employee and realises that worker feedback is critical for the productivity of the organisation.

Trust is critical to a good working relationship

Do you consider yourself to be honest and fair? Do you deliver promises when you have made them? Do you evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses as well as your employees?

The best bosses deal with their employees in the way in which they would like to be dealt with themselves. Employees’ feelings about work, now matter how insignificant, should be important to management. Deal fairly with each employee, not allowing favouritism or personality difference to affect judgement. When a worker trusts their boss, they are motivated to greater productivity, achievement and loyalty.

A supportive environment motivates employees

A manager should support their employees when appropriate. The notion that we are a team and we work together creates a sense of security for employees. Workers should be openly appreciated when appropriate and constructively corrected, in private, when necessary. Problem solving is a mutual effort. A supportive boss has compassion and empathy for their employees.

A supportive boss has a genuine interest in workers as individuals

A good manager takes time to get to know each employee’s personality, needs, goals and learns something about the employee’s personal life. Such bosses get the optimal performance because they are able to bring out each employees unique abilities. The supervisor, who is able to make their people feel important and personally significant, also generates the most productivity and loyalty.

A good boss helps each employee reach their potential

Goal setting and career planning are integral in this process. As employees are encouraged, their independence and responsibilities are increased. Creativity is stimulated as opposed to demanding adherence to rules and prescribed patterns.

A good boss gives feedback

This is one of the most important aspects of an employee/manager relationship. However it comes across, feedback should be given on a regular basis. A good supervisor makes sure their people get adequate and timely feedback on what they are doing whether it is right or wrong. Managers who recognise their employees’ accomplishments are usually far more effective than those who have a reputation for being tough on their employees. When negative feedback must be given, it should focus on the inappropriate behaviour, not the person as an individual.