How to Be a Better Manager | AgileHR
  • How to Be a Better Manager

In today’s world, it is crucial to be an effective manager for your company to be successful. The number one reason why people quit their job is because of their boss. In addition, 20 percent of people feel that their bosses negatively impact their career. It is important that you have a positive relationship with your employees because it will not only increase their job satisfaction, but could also decrease your company’s turnover rate and lawsuits.


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1. Be Flexible.

A good manager is open to new ways of looking at things. It is crucial to be a good listener — many of the best ideas come from employees, especially those closest to the actual work. In addition, don’t do things just because you always have in the past. Change is good and could be the thing that gets your employees back on their feet.




2. Have High Expectations.

Set high standards for your employees, but make sure that they are attainable. You don’t need to be super tough to get the best results. Let your employees know your expectations for not only them, but for yourself. Be a leader, not just a manager. When your employees see you holding yourself accountable, they will follow. Check in on them periodically and encourage them, but hold them accountable when things don’t get done to show them that you are serious and won’t just let things slide. It helps to select the best people from the start who you know can live up to your expectations.


3. Communicate.

Communication is essential for effective management. You must be an excellent communicator. Make yourself available to your employees so that you can easily be reached by phone or email. In addition, provide meaningful feedback often. Make sure you give both positive and negative feedback so your employees know what they are doing well at and what they can improve on. It is important that you tailor your feedback to each individual employee — each person needs different things, including different ways they like to be recognized for their work.


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4. Address Conflict.

In the workplace, conflict is bound to arise. These will include interpersonal issues, layoffs, employee relations, lack of recognition, compensation, etc. Do not avoid conflict. You need to address it quickly and fairly. If you don’t, your employees will lose respect for you. It helps to learn beforehand about people’s challenges so that you can better help them and understand their needs and feelings.




5. Prioritize.

As a manager, there is so much to do that often you just rush to get tasks done. However, you need to slow down and make a schedule that prioritizes everything you need to get done. Stick to your schedule and make sure you are accomplishing quality work. It may help to effectively delegate some of your tasks to trusted employees. Managers need time to think things through. If you are starting to feel overwhelmed or burned out, take a break. This will not only give you some time to relax, but will also give you the time you need to actually think about important tasks or issues.