What have I learned in 6 months of management? Part 2
The second answer written:
My employees seem to perform better when they believe I am watching what they're doing.
I didn't take this as a negative, that my client was micromanaging or managing by fear. Yes, there are managers who do these and it might work in the short term but it won't last. After all, when the mice are away the cats will play. At least if you lead by fear or micromanaging.
A successful manager has employees who work even when they aren't there.
I took my client's statement to mean when employees know their managers are watching, it shows the manager cares about what they do. They know their manager will be there to support them and help provide alternative solutions when needed.
What actions does a manager execute so an employee will know they care?
It can be listening more to them, talking to them, meeting with them regularly.
The underlying theme is taking time. Taking time when you think you don't have time.
When you manage to take time to manage:
- You have a better understanding of what each of your employees need from you
- You can be less reactive
- You show you care