All supervisors need to have the skills and knowledge to manage their workers. Knowing how to get the best from your people involves a variety of different skills and practices, all of which will make for a workforce that is engaged, productive and innovative. Here are some ways to get the most from your workers.
- Learn how to communicate
Good communication is essential to good management. Good communication is making sure employees know the mission, goals, and values of the company, as well as what is expected of them and how their performance will be evaluated.
You need to keep employees up to date on what is happening at the company and the direction it is going. Good communications also involves knowing how to listen, to really understand what employees are trying to say and soliciting their input.
- Giving feedback
Everyone wants to know how they are doing, and your employees are no exception. You need to provide feedback on a continual basis. It should be timely and specific, focusing purely on the performance of the employee, along with giving ideas on how to improve.
Do not allow animosities among workers to simmer because this will only make the situation worse. Conflicts need to be addressed as soon as possible. Talk with those involved and develop solutions to the problem.
- Know how to delegate
Don’t micromanage. You cannot do it all by yourself. This will only create bottlenecks in productivity and hinder employee morale. It shows employees that you do not trust them to do their jobs. You need to be able to delegate the more routine tasks so that, as a manager, you can focus on the bigger picture.
- Train your workers
This is important for morale. Workers want to grow in their jobs. They want opportunities for professional development. Helping them improve their skills will also help to improve their productivity, as well as increasing retention rates.
There are various ways of doing this – through more traditional classroom training, online training, or by on-the-job training through mentoring or job shadowing.
- Be flexible
Workers today, especially millennials, are looking for flexibility in their jobs. You can offer flexibility in the workplace by allowing people to start later and work later or to take time off during the day to handle personal issues and make up the time later.
If you are looking for employees who will make a difference in your company, contact Arrow Staffing. We will work with you to understand your needs and then find the people who can meet those needs. Give us a call today.