New to a Management Position? 6 Tips to Becoming a More Effective Manager

Managing isn’t about looking into every team members’ plate of duties and generally appearing to be busy. Managing is more about harnessing the people resources at your disposal to building an efficient work team that continues to thrive even when you are not in the office. When you are new to a management position, especially in a new company, it is important you heed the below tips.

To become an effective manager here are things you must do;

1. Understand the Company’s Structure and Culture

Being appointed to a new management position in a new company has some pitfalls for the new Manager to beware of. Taking your first few weeks to understand the culture of management in your new workplace will go a long way in helping you shape how you relate with both your juniors and your superiors. Get familiar with the managerial culture of your organization. While you may have been with a particular company for many years, if you now find yourself in a management position your role and expectations of yourself are going to be different. It is your position as a manager to learn what is expected of you and stay on top of best practices in your particular field. Learning how the politics of the place works (especially if you are in a big corporation) will serve you well in knowing what to push and what to just ignore.

2. Earn Your People’s Trust

The people immediately under your supervision and management will have a lot of say on how successful you become as a manager in your new organisation. Your bosses will probably rate you to a large extent based on how much productivity and harmony you are able to get out of your direct team.

As you settle down you quickly need to get them to trust you. Loyalty from your troops is a given if they are convinced you are going to be there for them and not just to advance your own interests. They will work for you if they realise you are willing to represent them effectiveky before the senior bosses.

If your team is not too large it will help to bring a good amount of personal touch, get to know their names, how they work and what motivates them. Personalised management (when done responsibly) will help create a bond where they see you not just as one to be obeyed but a senior friend and one they can work for willingly.

3. Communicate Clearly

As a new manager it is important you convey your requests and information clearly to your team and minimise bottlenecks in communication. From the onset make it easy for them to reach you with feedback, suggestions, complaints and ideas. Don’t wait for quarterly or monthly performance reviews rather make performance review an intrinsic part of your work with them. Set goals, timelines and objectives and let them adjudge by themselves the results of their work.

4. Smart Delegation and Planning

Outline clearly what each person’s work will cover and ensure you do not encroach much on them. Have an idea of the bigger work you should be doing and let your people handle the tasks they should. For new hires it may took several weeks to completely transfer the knowledge and idea of what their job entails. It is important also to train all team members to at least understand each unit’s or team members functions (except for the technical and highly specialised ones) so you can at short notice reshuffle work when the need arises.

5. Support and Develop

At the beginning, especially for new and inexperienced team members always be there to support and guide them through their paces. Later when they grasp fully their job responsibilities they will be grateful for your extra assistance and understanding.

Always avail your team members opportunities to grow their skills and knowledge. When you point out errors and shortcomings they may have in carrying out a task it will send the right message if you can give them audio CDs, programs, documents, links to information that will improve them in that area.

6. Resource Allocation

A good portion of your abilities as a manager, apart from utilising human resources, will also depend on how your manage and deploy material and financial resources to get the best results. Your first duty is to ensure and entrench accountability, shun and condemn waste. Before approving and allocating resources to a team be sure to have a definite projection of what is required and have means of ensuring quality utilisation of allocated resources.

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