Adopting Different Management Styles
One of the common guidelines for managers is to treat everyone fairly and not to play favorites, but is regimented ruling always the best policy? Here are some pointers that can help you keep your managerial style flexible and fluid to accommodate everyone on your team.
Supervision with Vision
Sometimes managers can get so focused on the overall needs of the department that they overlook the specific needs of individual team members. Although a premium is put on teamwork, a good manager recognizes workers as unique. As the workplace becomes increasingly specialized, managers must learn to adapt their management styles to reflect their employee’s specific needs and considerations.
As a supervisor, you are responsible for overseeing the progress and productivity of your team members. Supervising is not just monitoring daily activities. It includes training, organizing teams, and addressing performance issues. A good manager adopts different training methods for individuals. For example, some people prefer to absorb information by writing it down themselves. Handing them instructions is not as effective.
On a daily basis, effective supervisors recognize that some individuals require goals and deadlines with close and constant supervision. Others thrive with a more open policy. Certain types of people will welcome the chance to be part of a team while others are more productive on their own. Observe and learn the leanings of each of your team members and adapt management styles to their preferred work styles.
Managers are often thought of as coaches because they are in charge of motivating team members. When it comes to positive reinforcement, it pays to be creative. It’s essential to communicate with workers when a job is well done, and one way to get creative is to do it more frequently. Design a way to measure productivity and acknowledge it weekly or even on a daily basis. Keep in mind that some individuals may not like to be recognized publicly for their accomplishments and honor it.
Learn About Backgrounds
Every individual’s background shapes their perspective and their approach to work. Manager Susan Lomax relates this story. “I had a situation with someone in my art department where I had to keep asking her to get rid of clutter accumulating from past projects. Finally, we sat down and talked about the problem and she explained that she had grown up helping out her father in the kitchen of their family-owned restaurant. It had been ingrained into her not to throw things out and to recycle and find other uses for them.” Once she understood this, Susan was able to bend the rules and together they devised a system to re-use the “clutter.”