Being a good manager means more than telling your employees what to do and how to do it. Being a good manager means being a true leader. Great managers support their teams, provide the transparency, vision, flexibility, and guidance that a group of employees need to deliver their best effort. During stressful times, vision and guidance are more important than ever. Here are several adjustments you can make, any time, that will have a demonstrable impact on the wellbeing and success of your team.
Adapt your Management and Communication Style
Being flexible in how you approach managing your employees can make a huge difference in your overall team’s success. Different people thrive under different management styles. The way you communicate with each team member can be the difference between a successful relationship and unmet expectations. You, as a manager, need to understand the needs of the situation and flex to meet those needs.
Act to Respond to a Changing Industry
The ability to adapt to changing situations are skills required of teams but also businesses as a whole to succeed in the dramatically transforming business landscape. Technology is rapidly changing the way business is done, and the demands of a project can completely change with little headway. COVID-19 lockdowns have made digital transformation a key survival technique for businesses. The ability to think on your feet and maintain a calm and professional demeanor as a manager is critical. Your team is looking directly to you to understand how they should respond to these situations. Responding strategically and always keeping the big picture in mind when you are asked to change directions is a key skill of the true leaders in the industry. Your flexibility is what will help you navigate uncharted waters and keep your team on board through it all.
Embrace Workplace Flexibility Where It Makes Sense
With schools closed or remote schooling becoming the norm, parents are desperately in need of flexibility. There are several creative ways to offer flexibility to your team without sacrificing productivity or accountability. Offering flexible work from home options is an easy win. Offering paid time off where you can also is an amazing way to recognize that employees are struggling under the weight of the world right now. Similarly, the opportunity to perform work remotely can help appeal to new hires as well as current employees who may have a difficult commute or perhaps do some of their best work in a home office. Allowing for remote work has the added benefit of reduced overhead costs of employees, mainly if they are 100% remote. Laptops and other portable hardware are substantially more cost-effective than a traditional office or even cubicle set up. Time-agnostic work and job sharing are two additional forms of flexibility that many employers can really get behind. So long as the work gets done, and done well, the shared benefit for both the employee and employer are well worth the effort.