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Becoming a Better Manager: A Guide to Helping Your Employees

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Managing people involves a wide variety of challenges, and even if you are continually aiming to support your team and keep them motivated to produce the best work possible, you will always have the opportunity to be better. As a manager, it is your responsibility to ensure that your employees are coping with work and that there are no unpleasant situations that will affect them. As such, there are a wide variety of instances where you may have to step up and support your staff through some difficult problems – this is just one of the responsibilities that make managers better with time.

During a Workplace Dispute

If there is a serious feud between two members of your staff, there are likely underlying causes you will not be aware of. It is advisable to split the two staff members so that the tensions do not affect the workplace and spread to other employees. It may be tempting to act as a mediator and encourage them to reconcile, but this should only occur after separate meetings and an agreement that they would like to discuss matters civilly. It is worthwhile talking to other members of staff too when deciding which approach to take. 

Employees Returning to Work

Employees can feel challenged when they return to the routine of the workplace after a long period of time. Things may have changed in the work environment, new employees may have arrived, and procedures may have changed. It is important to be mindful that your employee may still be dealing with post-leave legal battles such as claiming medical negligence if they received improper treatment while they were being cared for by a medical professional. When an employee is returning to work from an extended period of leave, be sensitive to their time out and grant them a grace period to get back into the swing of things.

When Stress Becomes Overwhelming

A very common problem that employees face across any workforce is extreme stress. Stress can significantly alter one’s emotional wellbeing and can have negative effects on their mental health. If an employee discloses the fact they are feeling overwhelmed at work to you, it is imperative that you take their disclosure very seriously and you do not ignore it. If this situation becomes too complex for you to deal with (or just feels inappropriate), it is advisable to arrange a meeting with the HR team at your work to discuss how to best support your employee.

Fulfilling Ambition

As well as helping your employees when they’re in a bit of a stick, you should also be able to support them in the good times, like when they’re working hard for a promotion or to expand their skills. Ambition is a healthy quality that it’s worth inspiring in all of your employees, so support this whenever you encounter it in the workplace.

There is always something more you can do to become a better manager, don’t become complacent and make sure you embrace your responsibility to support and listen to all your employees.

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