How to be an amazing manager

There are many reasons why a high performing employee moves on from your business but unfortunately one of the most common reasons is their manager. This is a situation that can easily be prevented by following these 8 steps:

  1. Be careful to not overwork your employees
  2. Research has shown productivity declines sharply when employees overwork. Expecting additional hours when the role requires it is reasonable, but expecting it constantly will lead to exhaustion and demoralisation.
  3. Recognise and reward good work
  4. Everyone wants to feel valued and a pat on the back goes a long way to achieving it. Manager’s not only need to try and show their appreciation but also understand how best to reward their staff for a job well done.
  5. Care about your staff
  6. Managers need to develop a good relationship with their staff and remember they are humans as well as a line manager. Showing you care isn’t a bad thing, it helps employees feel valued.
  7. Promote the right people
  8. It is incredibly demotivating to your employees if you promote the wrong people as it is perceived as an inability to recognise hard work and dedication. It’s the same with employing the wrong people – not only is it a waste of your time and organisational money, it also damages staff perception of the business.
  9. Keep to your commitments and promises
  10. Honouring commitment and promises shows integrity to your employees, it also improves their workplace happiness.
  11. Recognise passions and talent
  12. Being able to recognise an individual’s passion and allowing them to pursue it will improve their productivity and job satisfaction – it also gives you the opportunity to harness any talent and integrate it into the business, which can be a good thing.
  13. Encourage creativity
  14. Be open and supportive of creative ideas from your employees. It motivates them, stimulates new ideas and has the potential to improve the business performance.
  15. Challenge people
  16. Great managers challenge their employees, pushing them to accomplish new things and getting them out of their comfort zone and helps avoid feelings of mundanity.

In essence, how you treat your staff affects their attitude towards their work. It pays to to support and develop them as individuals and recognise their abilities and ambitions.

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