Many people have a nightmare boss story; it happens and it is never pleasant. However, you can ensure your employees’ happiness, promote productivity, and gain a great reputation as an employer by providing ongoing support for your managers. By doing so, you will need to provide your Managers with the necessary tools to relate with and manage their teams well. This way nightmare stories don’t start from within your company. Managers are not Born, but Made Some nightmare bosses are unaware their employees consider their managerial skills to be insufficient. Some managers micromanage and others are too hands-off, believing they are empowering their employees by checking on them less often. They’ve likely developed a style of Management that has never been challenged or pushed to adapt to different teams, tasks, or projects. The key is to find and maintain what works well for the team being managed while still achieving departmental or corporate objectives. Make sure your managers know upfront what the company expects and provide them with the necessary tools/resources to achieve in all areas of management. Let them know what you expect in terms of the direction they should take, and check in with their staff to gain feedback and insight into the execution of their managerial process. Support the ‘Softer’ Side of Management There are so many variables associated when you’re responsible for other people. Whether you’re supervising 1 or 100 employees, there are certain things that simply cannot be controlled. When these variables begin to affect the tangible objective, overall mission, or the bottom line it is the Manager called to take responsibility. You would not ask your team to function without practical tools required to complete their work (computers, operating systems, trade specific hand tools etc) yet, we often expect Managers to just figure things out with respect to their employees. Creating a reliable process and providing the proper tools to track, measure, and repeat this process will empower your Management team to appropriately lead their department or division to success. SmartHire can help ensure that your managerial staff begins and continues to be the best quality and most productive possible with a Smart Talent Audit. Schedule a consultation today.