Checklist: Are You Guilty of These Common Managerial Mistakes?
As a manager, you’re bound to have a lot on your plate. However, this could be being made harder if you’re making these common managerial mistakes.
- Not Making Time for Your Team – Not making time for your team is one of the most common managerial mistakes you can make. This doesn’t just mean making time to speak to them about their tasks, it’s also beneficial to find time to speak to them individually about any complaints or concerns.
- Not Managing in a ‘Hands On’ Way – It’s very easy for a manager to fall into handling the day with a ‘hands off’ approach, but this is rarely advised. Managers who are ‘hands on’ are much more likely to gain respect from their team.
- Not Asserting Your Authority – Though you are a colleague and possibly a friend, it’s important that you assert your authority. There will be times when, as a manager, you will be required to make some tough decisions and you need to know these decisions will be respected.
- Not Clearly Defining Goals and Expectations – As a manager, it’s very easy to let your team get on with whatever they are doing. However, don’t forget to clearly define the day’s goals and expectations. Not only does this encourage employees to work harder, but it also helps them to meet deadlines.
- Not Delegating Tasks Fairly – You’re bound to have some employees that perform better than others, but try to not put too many tasks into their hands. Instead, delegate tasks fairly and provide everyone with a chance to improve.
- Not Providing Feedback, Praise and Constructive Criticism – Regardless of whether it’s positive or negative, it’s important to let employees know how they are doing. Provide them with feedback and praise, along with improvements to be made. This helps individuals to know exactly where their strengths and weaknesses lie.
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