It has been 10 days since my last “daily thought”. …but I have been thinking. I think a lot. I have ideas all the time. One thought I have had is not being a manager. I don’t want to be a manager at work. I don’t want to deal with employee problems. I like doing my job and getting satisfaction from completion of tasks and projects. I think I could be an adequate manager, but I wouldn’t like to do it… thus hating my job.
What does it take to manage?…
1. Don’t play politics with other depts. Complete your assigned projects and earn the respect of the other departments in that manner.
2. Lead by example. Don’t do one thing and turn around and contradict yourself by doing the opposite. Practice what you preach to your employees. They will respect you more and stay on course of your philosophy.
3. Motivate your employees. They are not perfect. Your only communication with them should not be “ass chewing”, but positive criticism and reinforcement. Employees make mistakes so be prepared to deal with those mistakes by helping to prevent any future mistakes. Humans are capable of learning.
4. Sometimes you must build a wall between you and employees. You can’t always be their friend… sometimes you can. You can be a good person and treat them with respect and not know every personal thing about them. The division betwixt manager and employee is sometimes necessary. Employees don’t always agree with management decisions, but they can respect the decision and still do their job effectively.
5. Plan… Direct… and FOLLOWUP. As a manager, you WILL delegate tasks. As a manager, you are ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE for the task to get finished. Employees are the extension of the manager. Direct them to the task as if you would perform the task or approve any variations before the task is completed. A manager reporting a project to higher ups can’t blame his/her employees for failed tasks. The manager is responsible.
6. Fight for your employees. Human Resources has rules, but those rules are often devoid of common sense. Help your employees get the compensation they deserve for a job well done. Help your employees find the company resources they need to better their benefits usage (credit unions, tuition assistance, discounts, etc.).
With all the above comments… I do understand the complications to make it all work. I do understand that you inherit bad employees and problems from previous managers. I understand. It is because I understand that I don’t want to be a manager.