Becoming a Better Manager To Motivate and Grow the Business
Whether you have been thrust into management or have been doing it for a little while, then you will know that there is always room for improvement when it comes to management. Learning to manage people to do the job that is required needs more than just telling them what to do. We are all busy and the human side of us plays a part in what we do, and it can be forgotten about when there is a job to be done. So here are some of the things that you can do to improve your management skills to make sure that your team enjoy working where they do, and where you are all able to succeed and get the job done.
Motivate the Team
If you think about it, we as humans only want to do things that we want to do. In many cases, it may just be that if we don’t do something, then it can lead to trouble. But still, it is a factor that motivates us to do something. At the end of the day, though, we will do things because of what we get from them. In life this is definitely true, but in work the same does apply; people will do something because of what they get from it. Your team will want to work hard, but they will also want to get paid fairly, get praise, and other prestige for doing their job well. So to get the best out of your team, you need to understand what motivates them. For some it will be a pay rise or a bonus. For others, shorter term rewards like leaving early on a Friday could do the trick. Know your team and come to know what motivates them.
Build Your Team
If all of your team members are motivated to do well, then it can get you to a certain level. But the team does need to work as just that; a team. When they work together it can mean that so much more gets done. The objectives can be achieved together when the team do things together and help each other. So improving the team building, and encouraging them to work as a team is a vital part of your role. If people were fine doing things individually, then they wouldn’t need a manager.
Creative Ways To Grow The Business
There are some standard things that you can be doing in your everyday life as a manager. But you can really inspire and motivate if you are able to think outside the box a little and look for some unique and creative ways to grow the business and to help your tea work better. For instance, are you up on the latest tech that you could be using in the workplace? How about looking for a manager’s guide to augmented reality, as a way to help solve some problems that you might have in the design or creation process? Think outside of the box and you’ll find that it can empower the team and make it a great place to work when convention is challenged and new ways of working are found.
In a role of leadership, communication really is important. In fact, some say that it is the single most important skill that a manager can have. If you can’t communicate well and get your point across, then all of the above points will all be in vain. You won’t be able to empower or motivate if you can’t communicate clearly about what you are trying to do. So learning to improve your communication skills will really help you.
If you can lead a team to be more productive when they are working, then it is going to be a benefit for a number of reasons. For starters, you can get more done when people are working more efficiently. It also helps your team to stay focused, and can even allow for some flexibility at work, if you allow them to leave earlier when things are done, or they can work from home from time to time too. Flexibility helps people to be more focused, as when they sit down to do their work, it means they are sitting down to do their work and nothing else. When you’re not flexible, they will aim to sort other ‘life admin’ at the same time, decreasing productivity and focus. So find out what works for your team and then you can go from there.