By Laura Kemp
As a manager you need to remember that you are influential. You are impacting upon people’s career choices, day-to-day life and ultimately their well-being.
According to a recent report1, only 58% of employees feel that their line manager is genuinely concerned about their wellbeing. Given that we spend so much time at work and it impacts so much on our happiness, this is a really sad fact. With stress being an increasingly prevalent reason for being to be off work, the way people feel at work can ultimately affect productivity and even staff retention.
A simple thanks goes a long way… It is important to given recognition for a job well done, a simple thank you can really make a difference.
Encourage ambition… It will be clear that some people have lofty ambitions and, as a manager, we have the ability to encourage this. Take time to get to know what your team member wants to achieve and be realistic with them about what opportunities there are for them in your company.
Don’t make false promises… or say things are possible if they really are not – it will achieve nothing and only leave the person resentful when nothing materialises. If people want more than their current company can offer them they will eventually leave regardless, far better to do this on good terms. In the meantime, you can harness their enthusiasm and perhaps consider specific projects for the person in question, or look at increased responsibility or even suggest relevant training.
If you want to find out more about how you can help lead your team to success you may wish to look at undertaking a recognised qualification such as the ILM Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management. A qualification such as this can give you a real understanding of how to navigate the complexities of leadership and management and help you get the most out of your team.
- Mental Health at work report 2017 by The Prince’s Responsible Business Network