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How to Handle 5 of The Toughest Management Challenges

On20/ 12 /18
Becoming a manager is a big change, and with change comes new challenges.  And while getting a management position can quickly turn your current job into a career, it also means dealing with more responsibility and more difficult decisions, which not everyone can handle. 

If you’ve just been offered your first leadership role, take some time to learn about the toughest management challenges you can expect on your new career path. 

Team Management

While managing projects and multiple accounts can sit perfectly within your comfort zone, supervising people can quickly turn into a nightmare. 

Management is an inherently complex and difficult job, and can be even tougher if you need to face a bunch of individuals who have different ways of working and different views on their role within the organisation.

As a successful leader, your main job is to ensure that every employee thinks about every aspect of his or her team’s performance. Treating your employees with respect and addressing their feedback can contribute to a prosperous relationship, which can be invaluable if you’re aiming to boost your department’s performance by developing staff engagement and loyalty. 

Effective Communication With Your Employees 

Every manager aims to establish clear and effective lines of communication within their team. You would ideally develop a two-way flow of information based on trust and honesty, but this is not always possible, especially if you are handling a large department. 

To succeed and create an effective communication strategy, begin with having open discussions with your employees and assure them that you are approachable and eager to help. By doing so, you will encourage your team to actually come to you and share their concerns. This is vital in the long-run as it will help you to identify any potential problems at an early stage and prevent them from escalating. You will also get more control of what is happening within your unit, and get a better insight into aspects that require your attention.  

Another benefit of keeping your doors open is it can encourage a positive team atmosphere. By cultivating this type of environment, you will benefit from the input of all staff members, despite their seniority level or skillset, which can have a dramatic impact on your department’s results. 

Firing an Employee

Dismissing an employee who is unable to meet the level of your company’s standards can be difficult and stressful for both the staff member and the manager involved. 

To handle this difficult step, make sure that you clearly communicate the rationale behind your decision and present your employee with strong evidence. 

If you happen to terminate an employment due to a lack of performance, ensure that the employee was aware of the potential consequences of underperformance from the beginning. You can do this by, for example, ensuring that those rules are included within the employee’s handbook and that the staff member has been trained to meet the required policies and procedures.   

If it is about skills, think about alternative solutions – for example, does your company have any job openings that would fit their skillset? 

If there are no alternatives, schedule a termination meeting and face your co-worker with honest feedback. Be straightforward, civil and concise, and remember to respect the person’s dignity by allowing him/her to ask questions and speak for their actions. Remember that at the end of the day dismissing an employee can give him/her a chance to reshape their career, so don’t get upset and move on. 

Effective Time Management 

If you accept a management role, it is quite common to encounter a situation where you begin to run out of time ahead of an important deadline. This is completely normal as your time is now divided between project management, admin tasks and stakeholder management, which can cause a real headache. 

To make sure that you are as efficient as possible, use time tracking software and learn to lock in some time for admin work only. If your staff requires help, assign yourself a few hours per week so you can support them, but try to prioritise your own time first to make sure that all your professional and personal KPIs are being met. 

Confronting Your Boss

If you are lucky to have a decent relationship with your boss, expect things to change slightly once you become a manager. Being a team leader is a responsible role which means that you will need to liaise directly with your boss, and this can lead to developing disagreements within your work environment. 

To get along with your boss, try to establish a foundation of trust and mutual respect. Telling your manager that they’re wrong is never easy, but can be significantly less painful if you prioritise the business benefits above your own emotions. So put yourself in your boss’s shoes and look at your company as a profitable business – as at the end of the day, this is the main objective for every CEO and should be yours as well. 

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