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Lindsey Patterson

3 Ways to Become A More Effective Manager

4 min read

The first step to becoming a competent manager is to recognize your employees are humans just like you. Being a manager is not an easy task. Regardless of your line of business, you will probably work with people. Managing people effectively is critical to the success of your business. As a manager, you should focus on developing honest relationships with your employees. That is critical for a collaborative and thriving work culture. Remember that employees are one of the most important assets that you have. Therefore, don't let them ruin your business or their efforts go to waste. Here are three ways you can become an outstanding manager.


Be Honest about Your Feedback

We all know that being honest is vital to any business culture. Similarly, it is indeed important to be honest when it comes to managing employees from different walks of life. One of the strategies to build healthy relationships at work is being honest about your expectations. However, being honest about certain feedback can often cause trouble. Brutal honesty can often result in conflicts of interest. Instead, adopt the sandwich management approach, which allows you to deliver less positive feedback. It begins with appreciation, followed by honest comment and growth recommendations. While it may seem tedious, employees are likely to respond much better when you sandwich your feedback. You don't have to go straight into criticism. Employees are more receptive to your comments when you sandwich negative reviews in between positive feedback. That way, they feel less like you're confronting them. Employees also feel that you truly value them and wish them the best. Let your employees view corrective feedback as coaching rather than criticism. Giving constructive criticism with care can enable your employees to develop skills and become more competent. Constructive criticism could help correct an issue permanently.


Praise Your Employees at Every Opportunity

While this may seem like the easiest task, it tends to be the toughest task for any manager. Often, it is easy for a manager to ignore the achievements of his or her employees. After all, you pay employees to perform their duty in the right way. As such, it makes no sense to reward them for their competence or completing a project ahead of time. Of course, commitments can help hold your employees accountable. However, employees are humans just like you and praising them can help improve their performance. Just like kids appreciate praise from their parents, employees will feel valued when you recognize and acknowledge their individual efforts. Taking their efforts for granted will only make them feel unappreciated and result in underperformance or turnover. Nothing is worse than losing talented employees just because your manager undervalued them. Employees can hardly improve without getting feedback from their managers. As a manager, praise your employees for a job well done and encourage low performers to up their game.


Establish Effective Communication

Establishing relationships and team building with your employees can help improve results. As a manager, you must establish effective communication habits within your organization and encourage your employees to become better problem solvers. However, this doesn't mean that you should be the one who makes all decisions. Successful managers are good at listening to their subordinates. Managers should first understand the opinions of their subordinates before responding to them. Communication doesn't have to be about work-related issues either. You could grab a cup of coffee and spend some time with your employees away from work. That helps establish stronger and trust-based relationships with your employees. Showing interest in their personal lives can help build trust and open communication.


Of course, no one is perfect when it comes to staff management. While you can't be a perfectionist, you should strive to give the best service. You should always rethink your strategies and reflect your past encounters to improve your management skills and experience. Listening can go a long way in maximizing the performance of your employees. Consistency in praising and adopting a sandwiched message delivery method can be a winning combination in your organization.