Managing people can be challenging at times, but it shouldn’t be a constant struggle. Here are a few guidelines for making the job easier and building better relationships with your reports:
- Tell people what to do, not how to do it. You’ll find employees more responsive and less defensive if you can give them guidance, not instructions. They’ll show more initiative, more innovation, and more of an ownership attitude if they feel a degree of control over how they do their jobs.
- Get out of your office. “Management by Walking Around” does work. You make yourself more approachable. You get information firsthand. You find out what’s really happening.
- Manage the function, not the paperwork. Remember that your job is to manage people and help them work more effectively. No matter how much paperwork goes with your position, don’t let it distract you from your real responsibilities.