It takes a variety of skills to be an effective manager in today’s business environment. Of course, you should have strong hiring skills to ensure you’re populating your team with people who have the right combination of hard and soft skills.
Once you have them on board, it’s up to you to keep them engaged and motivated. And while that might sound simple, it’s a critical skill you’ll need to develop - and one that could mean the difference between success and mediocrity (or worse!).
Top managers don’t have workers—they have partners. Everyone who works on their team feels personally invested in their company’s growth and accomplishments. They know they are appreciated and respected, and it has a motivating effect that can even rub off on their co-workers.
So, what are these managers doing to make their departments run like the proverbial well-oiled machine without stressing out their team members? Here are a few insights:
Make sure you provide feedback.
Balanced feedback is an effective motivator. When you commend them for a good job, they’ll work hard to maintain their high standards. And when you offer constructive criticism, they’ll try to improve so as not to let you down. Don’t wait for performance reviews. Give them feedback frequently.
Let them know if there are company problems.
Sometimes a manager wants to shelter their team from the bad news that occasionally hits every small business, but that isn’t a good idea. It’s better to hear it from you because it shows you trust them as partners. Hearing it through the grapevine will have a much stronger demoralizing effect on them than hearing it from you.
Ask their opinion.
Feedback goes both ways in a motivated workforce. If you give regular feedback, you should be open to receiving it. It’s a wise thing to do. After all, isn’t the worker who knows their job better than anyone else the logical go-to person for advice?
Allow them some leeway.
Everyone understands that basic tasks must be done, and some structure must be adhered to in any organization. But on those occasions when a non-routine job crops up, give your team an opportunity to choose to work on it if it’s something in which they have a special interest. Your team will appreciate the chance to pick their own assignment and work on something they enjoy.
Show them you notice.
Let your employees know you see the effort they are putting in by giving them occasional rewards. And every reward doesn’t have to be monetary. Recognition programs, employee discounts and limited flex time are just a few ways to show your appreciation for a job well done.
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