While it would be nice if employees always worked hard and knew what they were doing, most need at least some management. Understanding how to handle the people working for you can help make your business more effective.
Employees don’t usually arrive at their jobs ready to do everything without instruction and able to work full throttle from the beginning. You’ll need to manage them to ensure that each employee is maximizing his potential.
In order to run a successful business, you must evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each person working for you and then help them work together. This requires careful planning and employee management, which will involve:
- Assessing employee abilities
- Resolving conflicts
- Team building
- Delegation of tasks
- Motivating employees
Training: The First Step in Management
Before you can expect anyone to do an excellent job, you will need to train him. Each company is different, and you will need to show new hires how processes and procedures work in your business.
For the most effective training, it’s best to have a system set up. Each employee will need to understand the basic policies and ideals that the company uses, so to save time, have a manual or training video which can be used for this part of the training period. You will also want to have a specific plan in place to educate the newer employees on how to do their jobs.
Motivating Your Employees
Any job can become dull without appreciation, and it is often the simple act of letting people know that you would not be able to to run your business without their work that keeps them motivated and working hard. It’s easier than you might think to keep employees interested in doing their best for your company.
- Hold a company picnic
- Arrange a retreat/training session
- Offer bonuses for work well done
- Provide bonuses or surprises for holidays
- Set up a system for recognition, such as Employee of the Month
- Tell your employees when they have done a good job
It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive to tell people that you appreciate them, but even a simple note or words can go a long way in keeping them happy and eager to do a good job for you. They will also be more open to constructive criticism if you are offering praise at the same time.
Delegating Tasks Efficiently
The best managers know their employees well enough to choose the right ones for the right job. One person may be more suited to working with clients while another is best behind the scenes. You will need to evaluate each employee, not only when first hiring, but through observation in the workplace. It should quickly become evident what each person’s strengths and weaknesses are. By channeling these into appropriate activities, you will find that everyone is happier and more efficient, resulting in higher returns for the business.
In order to delegate properly, you will need to understand your employees fairly well. Begin by observing where they excel, then test them in different areas. Give them different tasks to determine where they do best, then make sure you use that knowledge when deciding who gets which job in the future.
While observing employees is a good way to learn about them, you’ll find that establishing a relationship with each person is even more beneficial. You should be professional, yet friendly, and encourage mployees to come to you with concerns. There are often issues that crop up between co-workers and this can cause a drastic loss of productivity if not immediately addressed. Keeping the lines of communication open with everyone working for you will make it far easier to handle these problems when they occur.
There are several reasons you should establish relationships with employees, including building trust between yourself and your employees. When the people you work with trust you, they will be more willing to work on the tasks you give them and there will be less resentment and strife in the workplace. You will also find that employee loyalty increases.
It can be difficult to manage employees, but in nearly all cases, it’s a necessary task. You will need to build a relationship with those you work with and ensure that they stay motivated and working on projects that suit their individual talents best. In this way, you can help your business become more efficient and productive.