Do you ever feel like you are in over your head? Managing people can be challenging, but the rewards can be long-lasting. Managing employees can be a burden or blessing – you possess the power to decide which. Following are some areas that can help you in your endeavor to manage your employees.
Be encouraging and supportive
It is important to help your employees be their best. Encourage them in the areas that they are strong. Give them guidance in areas they are weak. Even when employees have weaknesses, you can use their weaknesses as opportunities to help them see how improving their weakness can help them attain their goals. Every time you communicate with your employees you have a decision to make. You can either discourage them or encourage and support them. Engaging in the latter will build employee and team confidence. It can build confidence in their work and in you as a manager.
Allow your employees to explore their interests and potential
Employees may know that they want to work for your organization. However, they may not know if they want to be in their current position. You can help your employees explore their options. This can be done either by job shadowing or interviewing people in different positions. The result can be one of two outcomes. First, they may realize that they are in the job that they are meant to be in. Or, second, they may realize that they desire to do something else. Both outcomes can be beneficial. If they realize the first scenario, they will feel like they are in their current position on purpose, this can reduce the temptation to test out other organizations. If they realize they want to do something else, you can sit down with them and help them identify where it is that they desire to be. Once this is done, you have the opportunity to outline goals and objectives that will help them realize their potential . This will aid in employee retention and commitment.
Encouraging creativity can motivate employees and create an environment that does not feel stagnant. New ideas can be generated at any level of your organization. Some of your best ideas can come from the employees that are meeting with your customers and vendors on a daily basis. They are down in the trenches and they know what is going on. Encourage them to be creative problem solvers and to share their creative solutions. This can empower employees and promote growth. However, it is good to know that most managers fail in getting results from the creativity and innovation initiative. And that’s because, unknowingly, most don’t walk the talk. The initiative is declared in meetings, encouraging employees to contribute and even suggestion boxes put up.
However, it takes more than that. It requires a high-value labeled process to be in place which captures ideas, mechanism to evaluate them, selects the viable ideas and implementing them, sharing and celebrating success stories. It requires a culture that works towards making ideas succeed rather than brush them aside without rigorous examination. Role models in this initiative are Procter & Gamble Company(US) and PipeLife (Finland).
Summing up, if you are managing employees, you are making an investment in the lives of people. Everyone has what it takes to perform, be accountable, and achieve more when supported and encouraged. So, go for it and enjoy it!