Managing a team for the first time can be daunting and, at times, overwhelming. However, rather than keeping yourself up at night with overthinking and worry, heed the following tips, given straight from seasoned managers themselves. Most importantly, ensure your operation and employment practices are secured with a Glen Rock EPLI policy.
This can be a tough pill to swallow for new managers, but how else are you going to determine what works and what doesn’t? Accepting feedback from the team you manage and superiors can perfect your management strategy, increase productivity, and improve morale.
Get to know everyone.
Depending on the company budget, take each employee out for coffee or lunch. Not only does this help you get to know the people you manage on a personal level, it helps to strengthen the professional bond.
Go beyond the metrics.
“As a new manager it would be easy to focus on key performance metrics as the only measures of success, but having a mutually respectful working relationship will go a long way towards motivating team members to be successful which ultimately makes the manager successful. Being able to relate might be tough for a young new manager, but empathy towards the needs of others will go a long way,” says Tim Maliyil of AlertBoot to Small Business Trends.
Regardless of your management style, be consistent and fair. If you fail to do this, your team will quickly peg you for playing favorites. Respect should be the first priority in managing any employee and vice versa.
Driving your team and business is your job, so set expectations from the start. If there’s a hiccup, be direct about it and communicate new strategies with your team.
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