If management has been a part of your job description for some time, you understand that every manager has their limit. As much as you may want to handle everything yourself to ensure it gets done efficiently and correctly, it’s important to find ways to help your employees be effective and productive so you can share responsibility and free up some of your work time to focus on the big picture.
As a manager, part of your job is to create an environment where others can succeed - and that means everyone from your fellow managers to your entire staff. By doing so, you’ll improve productivity across your entire team, and you’ll open the doors for your business to grow exponentially while creating an environment where your employees feel valued and productive.
In this post, we’ll share the management practices that will improve your employees’ productivity and set you on the path to an amazing, efficient workplace.
Be open to feedback
In the flurry of everyday activity, it’s easy to glaze over glitches in the system and stay focused on the task in front of you. But your employees are a valuable source of insight into what’s working and what’s not. You’ll learn more from talking to them than from any shift you spend on the job.
Hopefully your employees feel comfortable enough with you to share their feedback at any time. But to make sure you’re hearing them, schedule regular times with each employee to hear their thoughts on how things are going. When you have that time, be focused and listen sincerely. The most important thing is that your employees feel heard.
Even if it’s once a month, this time will be valuable for both you and your employees to build a relationship where feedback is heard and acted upon.
Set a solid example
Within your team, you’ve probably noticed how people’s attitudes and work ethic rub off on each other. When one employee works extra hard, the others step up to the challenge and offer their best effort. When one sits back, the others relax their focus and let things slide too. As a manager, you’re setting an example that will be followed and will influence the work of your staff (whether you know it or not).
If you want your employees to be productive, efficient, and reliable, you have to hold yourself - and your entire management team - to the same standards. This means that every task you execute should be done to the level that you expect from your employees. No exceptions.
One good way to measure whether you’re living up to the highest standard is to ask whether your customers would expect a higher level of quality or service. When you keep their needs in mind at every turn, you’ll be on the path to building a business that’s productive but also focused on quality and your most important audience: your customers. As your employees see this standard, their work will follow suit.
Be willing to delegate
Even the best managers should know by now that you can’t do everything yourself. In order to become a high-functioning, productive establishment, your management team has to learn to effectively delegate so your team can grow into positions with more responsibility .
Many managers make the mistake of turning over just about any task to their staff without proper training or support. While it’s tempting to see how well your employees can do when thrown into the fire, it’s not the most effective way to set your staff up for success.
Start by looking for the right opportunities to empower your staff to move beyond their current role. Look for stepping stones from where they’re at so they can ease into new responsibilities, and make sure you’re available and able to offer support. If and when they come to you with questions, be open and supportive, and don’t step in to take over the task for them - most people learn best by doing, not by watching others.
Being a manager isn’t always easy, but by following these tips you’ll help your staff be more productive, and you’ll be well on your way to running an efficient, pleasant and productive workplace.