How to "manage" being a Manager/Supervisor

Most of us realize the relationship we have with our manager/supervisor directly correlates to how happy we are at our job.  More often than not, we fear, dislike or choose not to associate with our superiors to avoid any conflict or negative feedback.

There has been a small wave of change from the baby boomers management style to Generation X to the most recent-Generation Y, also known as the Millennial Generation.  The attitudes are different, the work ethic is not the same and the concepts applied are varied. 

As a leader there needs to be more focus on creating a group that is driven to achieve and have the same values.  In order to have everyone on the same page it is important to get to know the staff you are leading and challenge them all differently.  Ensure you are providing them with direction and showing appreciation and recognition where it's needed.  Teach them, lead by example and drive them to succeed. 

Managing means a lot more than just managing to get through another day or managing a schedule it refers to the stance you take in all your actions.  You should outline a clear direction and ensure you follow it as well.  Leading by example helps to gain respect and results and your staff are more likely to be motivated by your actions than your words. 

Your staff are also a direct reflection of you-if they are unhappy, you better find out why quickly as it will affect your bottom line.  Employees are the sole most important part of any business and drive profitiblity.  At the end of the day, each employee is a human being and needs to be nurtured, have your attention and know that you care about the direction they would like to go and are willing to teach them how to achieve their goals.

Be a good leader and treat your employees with respect and dignity.  Take them out to coffeee, don't play favorites, laugh with them, attend staff functions and provide them with the guidance and tools they need for a long and rewarding career.

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