By Holly Herman
You may be a great manager of things.
Are you a great manager of people? The No. 1 reason people look for other work is due to poor management. It costs an organization from 125 to 200 percent of the salary to replace an individual. Strengthen your management skills; it may not take much on your part. Following are some tweaks you might want to consider embracing.
Tweak 1: Take time. You’ve got lots of priorities every day. There never seems to be enough time to get everything done. A good manager makes time for his or her staff. Spend at least 20 percent of your time focused on your staff. Make sure your employees know that they are your No. 1 priority.
Sub-tweak: Ensure your staff has access to procedures and training. You want to be available to answer questions, however you don’t want to become a human procedure manual.
Tweak 2: Meet regularly. Your employees want to know what is going on in the organization. Schedule weekly or bi-weekly meetings to update everyone on a regular basis. The meetings may be five minutes or an hour. Avoid the trap of thinking there is nothing to talk about. Your employees want to hear from you and want to be heard.