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Be an effiective Manager

A good manager plays a significant role in creating a positive and highly productive workplace. Your behaviour and management can transform your team into a super productive unit and improve morale among your direct reports.

1. Hire the right people (someone you’d be happy to see in the hallway)

Wrong hires have a big impact on a company’s productivity and costs. They usually perform lower than others, and managing an underperforming employee takes 70% more time than managing a high performing one.

Additionally, if your staff doesn’t share your company’s values, you’ll find it challenging to make everyone rowing in the same direction.
While a candidate does need to have the right essential skills for a role, you can’t “train” someone to have the right attitude and personality that fits your company.

There are many advantages to hiring employees that are a strong cultural fit. Such employees bring more value to your business. They are generally more satisfied with their positions and exhibit that satisfaction through their work results.  

Here are some steps you can take to improve your chances of hiring the right person.

Consider a wide range of candidates.

You need a vast pool of potential employees to find the perfect fit. As long as you have assessment criteria in place, you’ll know who to shortlist and invite for an interview.

Don’t limit your search to one job board either as you will lower the chance for finding the right candidate.

Draw up an assessment criteria.

Predetermined rules give you greater consistency in the recruitment process. You can use your criteria to analyze candidates, select them for interviews, but also to compare and score interviewees’ answers.

Prioritize cultural fit.

When recruiting, prioritize the cultural fit and not just the role fit. This means that during the recruitment process, you must look beyond the candidate’s qualifications.

You’ll need to determine whether they share your company’s views and values, and then consider the candidate’s skills and the role fit.
Picture seeing them down the hallway— would you be happy to see them?

2. Be consistent in your actions

Consistency means that employees know exactly what to expect of you as predictable managers bring stability to the workplace. Without a consistent leader, employees are likely to feel confused and stressed, which will affect their productivity.

An excellent example of a consistent leader is Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, who is often named as one of the best leaders in history

3. Communicate (clearly, accurately and thoroughly)

Bad management often stems from poor communication. If you experience problems with your team, it may well be that your communication skills need some honing.

To become a better communicator, begin with the basics. Excellent communication is clear, accurate, and thorough, and doesn’t leave people with a question mark over their head.

And it’s especially important when you’re delegating tasks. When telling someone what to do, make sure you cover all the necessary details:

  • Who is responsible for the task?
  • What they have to do?
  • When they have to do it by?
  • How should they do it (if needed)?

Whether we are talking about written or oral communication, the same rules apply. Try to deliver the punchline first, then complement your main point with supporting information.

Since listening makes a big part of good communication practices, welcome additional questions from your team, and be ready to answer them with patience and empathy.

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