As a manager, your job is to get as much productivity as you can out of your employees on an ongoing basis. However, you also probably know that's easier said than done most of the time.
A great way to do so is by giving employees the support they need, and making it clear that you will do all in your power to help them get their own work done as easily as possible. The following tips should help you do just that:
1) Make yourself available
First and foremost, your workers need to know you will always be there for them, according to Steven Buchwald of Buchwald & Associates, speaking to Business Collective. Obviously you won't be able to clear your schedule to have on-demand conversations every time an employee needs a word in private, but if you can take a few minutes later that day, the effort will mean a lot to your charges.
2) Identify what everyone does well
Not everyone has the same skills, and while asking people to step outside their comfort zones is good on occasion, it's generally advisable to let people stay in their lanes, Amy Pazahanick of Agape Ventures told Business Collective. That way, you can rest assured work will get done efficiently and without causing any undue frustration. Again, you can still encourage workers to branch out, but try to play to at least some of their strengths when they do.
3) Always keep your cool
It's important to set a good example for your workers, and being the kind of manager who yells and screams and carries on when things don't go well doesn't do that, according to the Harvard Business Review. Instead, taking pains to ensure you're always calm, cool and collected even when things go off the rails is good not only for your employees', but your own mental health.
4) Be flexible and inclusive
While you can certainly set standards for your workplace, keep in mind that rules shouldn't necessarily be set in stone, the Harvard Business Review said. If workers need to duck out early to pick the kids up from school or come in late after a doctor's appointment, that's just how it goes in life, and it's something they should be able to do without disciplinary action or a hard "no" from the boss.
5) Have regular one-on-one meetings
You should always try to do more to make yourself open for feedback in general, but it's also a good idea to set aside times to talk to each worker you oversee at least once a month in a one-on-one setting, according to Achievers. That way, you can have honest conversations about how things are going and a formalized time to discuss whatever's on their minds — or yours. This doesn't have to be an in-depth chat, but rather something where you check in and see what's been going on of late.