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November 28, 2011
Managing the Right Way: Tips for New Managers
 
For those who manage other employees, the role can be one that is sometimes fraught with fears of being perceived as too micromanaging, not tough enough, or lacking in leadership capabilities.

As a manager, do any of those descriptions seem close to you? Do you sometimes feel like you want to step back from the managerial role and get away from the responsibilities of overseeing a team of employees?

In today’s economy, where many companies are looking to avoid the red and move ahead of the competition, hiring the right managerial talent either from in-house or out proves even more important.

If you are presently employed as a manager and have been doing it for some time, that doesn’t automatically mean that you can’t learn anything new regarding your role. Good managers always evolve and try and take their game to the next level.

If you are new to the managerial scene, there are always ways to start fresh and lead by example. Sometimes being new to the managerial arena can actually be a good thing, given the fact you come in with a fresh perspective.

Either way, consider some of these tips in order to better prosper as a manager:
  • Lead by example. The best leaders are those who set examples for their employees and stay true to them. If you’re coming in late, taking off early, not being productive, yelling at staff, etc., don’t be surprised if some of those under you pick up some of those habits.
  • Be a motivator. Motivation comes in different shapes and sizes, so use it to your advantage. There are times during the day, week, month, or year that your staff will be down and doesn’t have that extra energy level to get the job done. Motivate them in a positive manner so that it rubs off on them instead of having some of them shut down.
  • Have an open-door policy. In many offices, employees can be hesitant to speak with their manager for fear any negativity will get back to the head or heads of the company. As a manager, make sure you welcome those working under you to share any questions or concerns. Not only will it benefit the company, but will highlight you as being someone who can be trusted.
  • Delegate some responsibility. Too often, managers try and do the bulk of the work on their own for several reasons. First, they like to do the work or don’t even recognize they’re micromanagers. In that case, they are afraid to delegate too many tasks for fear they will only have to go back and fix them etc. In other cases, they may feel they have to impress their superiors; hence, they need to do the bulk of the work. In any busy office setting, it is important as a manager to properly delegate responsibilities so that everyone is fairly involved and the work gets done in a timely matter;
  • Treat everyone equally. Lastly, and most importantly, do not play favorites around the office. Nothing will divide an office more quickly than if someone or a few people are getting special treatment over everyone else. Yes, you can be friends with your employees; in fact, that’s better than the alternative. Just be careful not to take that friendship to a level where it is perceived as over-the-top and threatening to others under you.
As you can see, there are many different facets to being a manager at a company, be it just a few employees or hundreds of workers. Do your best to manage with integrity and a sense of purpose; above all, have some fun at it.

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