What are you doing wrong as a Manager? Have you looked at your management strategies to see if your staff are happy with the way you are doing things? Are you open to constructive feedback and making changes or are you a manager that is too busy for mentoring, too busy for training, too busy to talk to your colleagues, too busy to have an open door policy, and so on? All those things can cause unrest and dissatisfaction in your team.
If you want your team to be happy, achieve the level required to meet your expectations, and work well together… then your support is crucial and by support I mean actually following up and doing what you say you want to do to improve.
Management strategies work when you have a clear goal in mind. Your goal should be to be available when required. Sure, you have to close the door occasionally and you may have to block out some time so you don’t get disturbed, but if you don’t delegate and educate you will always be doing the tasks that take up your time and your energy. If you don’t want that, I am sure you don’t, then talk to your staff. Ask them what management strategies they would like to see implemented that would improve the communication and proficiency of the team. Ask them for their advice on how you can improve your management style. Ask them what they want!
Consider the following list that your team may find very frustrating…
- Do you always change your mind? Managers are renowned for it, and if you find your staff always want to talk to you via email rather than face-to-face it could be that they want the evidence that you asked them to do/or not do a specific task and they want to protect their sanity and their job by showing you the evidence when the time comes to prove why they did what they did. If you are always changing your mind, your staff will be extremely frustrated and you will have unhappy campers. Try to remember what it was like for you.
- Do you provide mentorship? Maybe you have good intentions but does it ever happen. Are you holding your team back because they are waiting for you to provide training? If you don’t provide mentorship then how do you expect your team to take up your tasks and help you focus on more important managerial activities? Make the time to provide the training that is required for you and your team to move forward!
- Do tasks actually get done or are you holding them at your end because you need to ‘quality check it’ before it goes anywhere? This is extremely frustrating especially for capable and efficient workers. The feel like they are not achieving anything when work is held up, especially if there are a pile of jobs waiting review that have been sitting there for a while. Creative people will move on very quickly if they feel what they are doing is a waste of time.
- Do you actually share important information that would be valuable to your team or do you keep it to yourself. Why? Communication is essential for the smooth running and efficiency of your operations. Sharing vital information, including all the right people in meetings and making your team feel valued is critical to ensuring your team is content in their role. Keep your team informed and you will see a major difference in their willingness to share important information with you.
So that is my list for today, hope it helps you decide if your management strategy is causing concern or is something to be proud of. Leave a comment below to discuss and visit some of these pages that offer further advice – improving staff morale – managing employees - definition of strategic management.