If you own a business and manage staff members on a daily basis, then what do you see as being the main aspects associated with your role? It’s easy to become convinced that you are largely concerned with ensuring that staff members are being as productive as possible, but what does this really mean?
The truth is that many managers appear to think that such an approach involves putting rules in place and ensuring that individuals stick to these rules. There seems to an assumption that it’s really important to stop people stepping out of line. But is this really the way in which things should work?
It seems to me that there is a real problem with this sort of approach. For starters, various assumptions are being made about the approach that employees take. It seems to be assumed that they cannot be trusted and that you need to watch over them at all times. This is often the exact opposite of what is really required.
Guidance will certainly need to be offered and there is no harm in putting clear guidelines in place. You will tend to find, however, that people perform at their best when they are given a certain amount of responsibility and freedom. If they feel that you have confidence in their abilities, then this can be a great way of ensuring that you get better results.
There is a real art associated with building confidence levels and many managers do struggle with motivating staff members. Your role should involve a basic approach to motivation at the very least. Indeed, this may be something that you wish to investigate further.
It’s also all too easy to make mistakes in this area. It’s bewildering to find that many business owners automatically make a direct link between motivation levels and rates of pay. Although it is clear that some individuals will be motivated primarily by financial concerns, it’s simply not true to assume that this applies to all.
There’s certainly importance to be found in ensuring, for example, that all staff members have everything that they need to be able to get jobs done properly. This may mean concentrating on skills, time and resources. It will also mean thinking carefully about your office environment. Is it really suitable for the jobs that you are asking to have carried out?
You may find that it can be surprisingly difficult to offer an objective view on such subjects. You may also struggle to get direct answers from staff members about these issues. If this is a problem that you are facing, the consider employing external consultants. They may be able to assist you with correcting problems within the workplace.
Motivated staff members will tend to produce work of a high standard. This should certainly be your aim.