Managing people is no easy task. But no matter what business you’re in, you’re going to be working with people, and effectively managing them is critical to the success of your business.
In over 10 years of being in business, I have had to do my own hiring, coaching and firing. In the process, I have learned that developing honest relationships with my employees is critical for a thriving and positive work culture. I’ve also learned that effectively managing their performance day-to-day is just as important as landing a new deal. After all, people are one of the biggest investments you’re making. Why let it go to waste? Or worse, let it ruin your business?
From disciplining to praising, learning to get the best out of people is the end goal of good management. Here are the best three pieces of advice (tried and tested) I ever got about managing people.
Give Praise at Every Opportunity
Although it sounds the easiest to do, this tends to be the hardest for any business owner or manager. Oftentimes it’s easy to ignore positive behavior from your employees. They’re getting paid to do work right? Why reward them for being on time or doing a good job on that project?
Yes, expectations are important and it helps to hold people accountable. However, we’re all human and a little bit of praise can go a long way. Just like children respond to simple praise, your employees will respond positively if you recognize and acknowledge their good behavior and achievements. If you take their good actions for granted, they will feel unappreciated, opening up opportunities for them to leave or underperform. The worst part is having to lose a good employee because they felt undervalued by you or your management team.
As the founder and CEO of OneIMS and Clickx, Solomon Thimothy has built his career around his passion for helping other businesses grow an online presence and thrive in the digital world. Solomon works with clients big and small to develop uniquely customized and highly-effective marketing strategies that meet every company’s individual goals. Follow him on Twitter @sthimothy.
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