When you first become a manager, you find that many things turn out to be different from what you have expected. However, your employees expect you to answer all their questions. When you, yourself, start searching for answers for several questions, you find that you can’t ask anyone. Below you can find helpful answers to the most frequent questions that managers might be worried about:
- Do my employees like me?
This matter is not a thing to get worried about. Your job is to be respected and not necessarily liked. Imposing your respect at the office will help in making employees work harder to complete their assigned tasks.
- Am I being fair?
Being fair is important when it comes to terms and conditions applied to employees at the same company. However, treating employees equally might be a big problem since different characters cannot be treated the same way. Some employees need motivation and encouragement, while others need to find challenges in order to perform better.
- Am I supported by higher authorities?
It is for everyone’s best that you are supported. If they don’t, you won’t be an effective manager and employees won’t respect your power and authority at all. Once something happens and your higher management doesn’t back you up, employees will find it easier to rebel.
- Are my resources enough to complete my mission?
Resources are never enough. If there’s enough budget, don’t hesitate to spend it on more resources and equipment. On the other hand, you must adjust the workflow according to what is available at the office. After all, it’s your job to make things work in any circumstances.
- Is there any way to convince employees in a change that’t I, myself, is not convinced of?
Changes usually come from higher management. Whether you like it or not, your job is to apply them and let your employees do as well. Some employees however, find that change is a very disturbing thing and they don’t like to give up on their daily routines. All you have to do is explain the reasons behind these changes and give your staff some time to get used to them. When you find that there are still some who don’t like it yet, scare them with unemployment and see how they will adjust to them faster than others.
- Am I doing a good job?
Don’t expect to be praised by higher managements. You will find the answers at the office, among your employees. When your staff’s performance is poor, when results are not achieved, when deadlines are not being met and when resignations are increasing, you will know that you are at a warning stage. When higher authorities inform you about your bad performance as a manager, be aware that you are in big trouble.