How to Be a Better BossMarch 9th, 2012
The job search is as much about the candidate finding a great opportunity as it is about the client finding a great candidate. The interview process is all about compatibility. As soon as the job requirements and skill sets are met, it becomes a matching of personalities to create the best team possible. A manager’s primary job is to ensure that the team is harmonious, and there are a lot of ways to go about that. When an employee feels their direct manager is on their side, long term stability is the result. Here are three tips to make sure you’re the best boss to each employee you manage.
- Be a great listener. Make sure that your employees know that you will listen to anything they want to share, without rushing to judgment. Periodically check in with each of your employees to give them an opportunity to share things that might be on their minds about their jobs or the company environment. Don’t have an immediate solution. Make sure they know you are really listening and that you will use this information to formulate the best possible answer to their concerns.
- Discover what people do best. Each employee has a list of job duties and they may be competent at all of them, but to really encourage each employee to be their very best you need to find out what they excel at and direct their performance toward it. The first step in this process is to understand how each employee functions – how they learn, how they react to stressful situations and what kind of work satisfies them. You will find that your team is more effective and efficient if each member is working to their full potential.
- Effectively communicate. If your employees don’t understand what is expected of them, they will not be able to live up to your expectations. When asking for a task to be completed, be sure to communicate that clearly. Be firm and consistent, but also include your team in major decisions that will affect their performance or work requirements. Delegate where you can. Manage time and resources. Most importantly, be available.
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