Taking Care of the People We Manage
Contrary to what a lot of managers believe, you can actually be nice to those you manage and still be respected. I would even go a bit beyond respect and say you will be loved.
I believe that it is my duty as a manager to look out for the persons who are under my care. This does not mean persons will be allowed to do as they please, it simply means that for the most part when you look out for those who you manage they will look out for you.
As the manager for any department my job is to make sure that the members of that department are happy to come to work on a daily basis. A happy worker is a more productive worker and everybody wins. I should know what is going on with persons I supervise. If they have children I should be interested in the well-being of these children. It is hard for a parent to concentrate and do well at work when something is going on with their children. However, when they know that their manager understands and will work with them I believe it makes it a little easier to deal with.
My job is to mentor my staff so that when they leave my department they would have learnt something they can take with them wherever they are going. I should make them know that I care about their well-being and that they are an integral part of what goes on in the department. I should help them discover what their strengths are and as much as possible give them assignments based on their strengths.
I am their manager, not their slave master so I should be fair in the amount of work I give ;and give sufficient time for that to be completed. I should be fair in my evaluations and under no circumstances should I show favoritism. It is my job to encourage team work and discourage gossip of any kind. As managers we should stand up and speak up when those we supervise are being victimized by other managers or by the administration of the company.
We cannot expect loyalty if we are not prepared to be loyal to those who we manage.
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