Managers are very important in companies and businesses in any industry. They are the ones who ensure that operations go smoothly and both employees and clientele are satisfied. But, they are also the reason why some employees tend to resign because they are hard to talk to or they are too strict. As a result, you may see a big drop in your income because you have to keep replacing employees.
If you just hired a manager for your business, there’s no guarantee that they are the right manager you are looking for. So, how can you tell if you hired the right manager?
Here are some tips to help you determine if they are the right manager:
- Check your manager’s CV to see if they have the background necessary to handle your business. Aside from their academic background, you can reach out to their identified references to see if their track record is good.
- Your manager should be someone who can motivate any employee that is under them. If the employee doesn’t show the initiative to perform well, your manager must know how to get them to get the results you are looking for. If the employee is unable to keep up, the manager must be able to hold them accountable for their actions.
- An ideal manager must be able to communicate well with your employees outside their projects. They must be people whom your employees can reach out to if they are having trouble and provide the assistance your employees need.
- Aside from being open to employees, the right manager must be honest with them. If workers cannot trust their manager about what is going on with their project, how could they work with zeal?
- The ideal manager must also be ready to take on any challenges and think outside the box. Some decisions are hard to make if they are tricky to resolve, but if you can see what other options are available, that is ideal.
- The right manager must also be confident when it comes to the decisions they will make for their teams. Even if it is a tough decision they have to make, the right manager must be able to show their team that it is the way to go and they are ready to join the team in facing any setbacks.
- Businesses can experience slumps every once in a while which can put the entire operation on a standstill. The right manager will be able to get people together and see the positive side of each challenge your company faces. If they say they do not see any positive outcome to your situation, it will only cause your employees to worry.
- Finally, the right manager must show that they are committed to their position and assist the company’s growth. They are not looking for a new job on the sidelines and their focus is mostly on getting a promotion in the company.
These following qualities does not guarantee you the right manager
Having an education is important but a piece of paper will never determine the quality of a person.
Would you rather have a Harvard graduate who is snobbish and not a team player or someone who doesn’t have a degree not because he isn’t smart but because life circumstances prevented him to get one and he had to quit school to provide for his family?
So who will be a better employee to join your company?
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Some people are just good at interviews. So good that they sail through the interviews like a hot knife slicing through a piece of butter. They are that smooth.
The only way to tell is to throw them some random situational questions and hope the questions knock them off their feet and they can come up with a realistic answer. But even so, an interview or even several days of interviews will not be able to determine what kind of person the candidate is.
Interesting, right? Then why do we depend on interviews to hire so much?
Male or female, it doesn’t matter which sex can make tough decisions or what sex are better with dealing with coworkers’ feelings. Both equally can do a good job and be the right manager. A male manager can be sensitive, compassion and charming at the same time that a female manager can be tough, decisive and driven.
We are in the 21st century, folks. We have to move past gender bias or sexual orientation bias because it is not right to judge someone based on colour, gender or sexual orientation.
You pay peanuts you get monkeys, right?
Well, hiring someone is not as simple as that. Sometimes, you do get very good people even though you pay peanuts. I ditched a $2000 job for a $1200 job when I was in my early twenties because I wanted to switch from retail to a desk job in an office. It was the right decision and I was promoted to be a manager within 6 months.
Yet sometimes, you pay huge amount of salary but all you have attracted are the wrong talents. Sure, when the salary attractive, you get to pick from the cream of the corp.
The key question is do you know how to identify who is the real deal?
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- Last Position
Trailing on my own life experience above, I was just a retail staff. If my mentor hadn’t given me an opportunity to learn how to handle administration, I wouldn’t be able to prove to him and importantly, myself on how I can survive, never mind succeed in the corporate world. I found myself having a natural flair for managing people and being “ballsy” (as my mentor likes to put it) to make my own decisions.
If by the usual interview standards, I wouldn’t have make it pass the recruiter’s hands, not even a chance to interview with the hiring manager. I was introduced to my mentor by a friend on an off chance he was looking for someone diligent and honest while I was looking for a change in industry. Hence, I always emphasis that networking is very important.
If you want your business to succeed without you having to monitor your employees regularly, you need a great manager that you and your employees can trust.
It can be hard to find the perfect one, but if you know what qualities they must possess, your ideal manager will be easy to find.
For more hiring articles, here are some of my personal tips:
Fair Hiring Practices: Does This Even Exist In The Job Market?
Are You Ready To Start Hiring?
Hiring People Better than You
Hiring within or outside
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