You finally landed that position you wanted so badly in your company. After all your hard work, you got a promotion. Yahoo! You are now a manager. You’re feeling great, and everyone is congratulating you.
It’s Monday. You are excited and ready to start managing. However, there’s one problem. Things are not all that rosy during your first week.
You discover fast that your company had no user’s manual on how to manage employees effectively in the workplace. You notice that you’re getting resistance from some of your team members.
For whatever reason, they are not ready to embrace you as the new manager. After all, you just moved up the ranks. It’s hard for them to accept the fact that you are in charge.
But wait a minute. Your boss didn’t give you the promotion because he or she wanted to hand you a big raise. No. He or she expects you to know how to manage people. More money means more responsibilities and critical thinking.
Suddenly, you start having second thoughts. You begin to wonder if you made the right choice by accepting the position. You start experiencing some fear. You are no longer as excited as you were.
Out of desperation, you are thinking maybe flexing your managerial muscles might be the answer. Now you are sending cues that you call the shot. You tell the team what to do. But, your tactics are not working.
What do you do? Do you step down and give up, or do you fight? The answer is neither. I can assure you that it’s too early to back down and give up. You don’t want to fight your team members either.
The good news is; you can shine in your new position. You can show your boss that you have the mojo for the job. You can manage employees effectively in the workplace. Here’s what you need to do:
4 Things You Can Do To Manage Employees Effectively In The Workplace So You Can Impress Your Boss
1. Make Some Small Emotional Deposits
People are like bank accounts. Unfortunately, most of them have empty accounts. They are emotionally broken. They suffer from low self-esteem. Some might even perceive your promotion as a threat to them.
I encourage you to start making small deposits quickly. What kind of deposits should you make?
Well, deposit appreciation, kindness, praises, and recognition. You see, the moment you become a manager, your role changes. You are now a leader. Your job is to encourage, persuade, and inspire your team members to perform at their best.
As you might know, no one performs at their best when they are feeling less of themselves.
Keep in mind that there’s a deep craving in all human beings. They crave validation. They want to know they matter.
You can become the most exceptional manager in your company by validating everyone on your team.
The best part is, no matter how many deposits you make in a day, your bank account remains full. When you give kindness or love, you generate even more of it.
People will move mountains for you when you make them feel good about themselves. They will make sure you get what you want. The equation is very straightforward.
Give them what they want, and they will give you what you want.
My suggestion for you is to call for a meeting right away. Let your team members know how much you appreciate them. Tell them that their contribution means a lot to you. Tell them you cannot succeed without them.
Remind them that you are NOT perfect. Sometimes you will make mistakes. Invite them to give you feedback. Tell them if there’s anything you can do to help anyone, you are ready and available.
Now, that doesn’t mean you’re patronizing. It’s just pure psychology. Your team members must NOT get the idea that you have a big ego. You don’t want them to feel you’re better than them.
2. Correct Behaviors Instead Of People
The next thing you want to keep in mind is the fact that people are inherently good in spite of their flaws. Behaviors are not people. They are just what they are. As a manager, you should learn how to correct behaviors instead of people.
I have a simple motto when it comes to managing employees in the workplace. Attack the behavior and love the people. Let me give you an example.
Let’s say John is coming late to work every day. Talk to John about the behavior. Tell John that this behavior is not him.
Say something like, “That’s very unlike you. Is there anything I can do to help you correct this new behavior? I value and appreciate you on my team. Let’s work together to eliminate this behavior before it escalates.”
Do you see the difference? You’re speaking about John’s behavior. I guarantee you that he will do everything within his power to make his wrong right.
That goes for everything good you want for your department. Simply put, join forces with your team members to help them correct their undesirable behaviors.
Do not talk about the person. Instead, praise the person while confronting the behavior. An excellent way to go about it is to name the specific behavior while expressing your appreciation for the person. Does that make sense to you?
4. Show Your Team Members You Care About Them
Your job as a manager is to care genuinely about your team members. Look, I’m not talking about faking sincerity. Just be sincerely sincere.
You see, it’s impossible to make it without your team members. They are the wind beneath your wings. You cannot fly high without them. Can you spell success without the letter u? That’s my point!
The moment you get what I’m saying here, you begin to have more appreciation for the people who can help you soar to the top of your company. Here’s how you show them that you care.
a. Be a private investigator. Learn as much as you can about individual team members. The more you know about a person, the deeper you connect with that person.
Life is not easy. Everyone is going through something. If you notice someone is struggling, don’t ignore it. Show that you care. And find out how you can help.
b. Listen Authentically. Sometimes all you have to do to show you care is to take a moment to listen to someone’s venting without the urge to judge. Did you know that listening is the greatest gift you can give to a person?
c. Go beyond work. Another way to show you care is to keep score with their children or family members. People love to talk about their kids. You might be thinking, “What about if they don’t have kids?”
No problem. Be interested in what they care about. Discover their deepest desires, aspirations, or passion so that you can encourage and cheer them on.
5. Help Them Bond And Connect
When I’m keynoting conferences, I always do my best to help my audience members connect. Why? It’s because I know once they connect, the energy level in the room goes up.
Whenever you have a disconnected team, you also have a slow-moving team. Things don’t get done effectively. That can have a direct reflection on you as a leader.
Yes, as a leader, you should expect whatever goes wrong will come back to you. It’s your responsibility to make sure things are moving in the right direction.
There are several ways to help your team bond. You can create activities that require group participation.
For example, you can ask your team members to write one good thing about each other and share it at the next meeting. Or ask them to discover something interesting about each other that no one knows.
You can also pair them up to work on side projects with you, such as community involvement.
What’s important here is to realize once you help your team members bond, they begin to bond with you as well. They have a better attitude. Their morale goes up.
By the way, although this is beyond the scope of this article, the more you help your team members to bond and connect, the longer they will stay with the company.
People love to belong to healthy and caring communities. As a result, they don’t want to leave, so they don’t experience the pain of disconnect.
Hopefully, you notice all the ideas I shared with you focus on your team members instead of you. Why?
Well, managing effectively in the workplace is never about you. It’s about them. When you disappear to make them appear, you get more out of your team.
The moment you become a manager, you check your ego out of the door. Your job is to boost the bottom line through your team members.
So, make them shine. Be there for the people whose cooperation you need to succeed. That’s what great leaders do.
It’s the best way to how you go from a junior manager to a senior manager. That’s how you break the so-called glass ceiling. That’s how you rise to the top of your company.
Simply put, serve your team, and they will serve you.
I would love to hear your strategies for managing effectively in the workplace. Please take a moment to share.
Also, if you would like me to share these strategies and many others with the managers and supervisors in your workplace, contact my office or share my information with the person who can make it happen.