Effective Employee Management

There are so many different personality types in a company and you as a manager need to understand each employee and manage their skill set. and Hamilton Lindley

How do we manage this?

Effective management requires experience, skill and being able to judge the situation. Managing people can be a difficult business. You need to be able to recognise different personalities and needs in your employees. Maintaining staff morale and making sure your team stay engaged can sometimes feel like a losing battle.

One of the most important actions in effective management is communication. Set your targets and meet with staff to inform them of your plans. Be open and honest. If you start to tell one group something you don’t tell another, you end up with employees playing Chinese whispers and the real information getting skewed. Communication is key.

Get to know your employees. Is Phil in accounts an introvert or an extrovert? Is Dan in marketing excitable or considered? Is Carrie in IT someone you can tell your secrets too or is she a bit of a gossip? What about your PA, Maggie? Will she not, no matter how many times you ask, use the online storage systems the business has in place, preferring instead to have her own filing cabinet where she keeps everything?

What’s key to managing a team is in understanding the personalities within the team and managing them. If Dan is excitable, is he likely to get very excited at the prospect of a new project but get bored after a few weeks and look for something else to do? It’s up to you to know what to expect from him, judge and manage the situation. Don’t let Dan peak too soon, help and guide him through to the project to the end.

Not all employees make their voice heard. Phil might be an introvert, but don’t overlook him because he comes in, does his job well and goes home. Not everyone wants a promotion but it is important that they still feel they have a place in the company. Ask them for feedback and let them know that you value their opinion and place in the company.

Carrie might be the most trustworthy person you’ve ever met; she would never tell anyone a secret. That is a good thing right? Perhaps not if she is starting to feel under pressure being the person that everyone goes to when they want to have a bit of a moan and to vent about another employee. Make sure that everyone always knows that your door is always open for a chat if they are starting to feel the pressure.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.