Many factors determine whether a business succeeds or fails, but the “people factor” is the most important. People are a business. Everything a business does, from product and service development, production and delivery, investment, expansion and use of technology, to marketing, sales and account control is people-dependent. How people are managed in a business is critical to its success. If managers are not performing well how can the rest of the team and therefore the company?
People management gives us the ability to work more effectively with others. These skills include listening, communication, leadership, team building, how to run a meeting and facilitate processes. A new manager’s management style largely determines how his or her department is going to react to a myriad of challenges and opportunities that arise in the marketplace and workplace. The management style can influence a firm's ability to successfully compete in an increasingly globalized world. But there is no doubt that the best people managers are those who show respect, care, know how to build trust and have character and integrity.
Management has to do with organisation, setting goals, planning and implementation. Management gives focus, purpose and meaning to our life, work and daily activities. Time management, money management and the management of people are three basic areas of management.
When was the last time you took a good look at your team? As a new manager, what do you see? You probably see a rapidly changing group of employees that is getting more diverse skills by the day. The accelerated growth of skills diversity in the workforce over the years has spawned new developments in managing employee relations, making it one of the biggest challenges facing managers. To meet this and other workplace challenges, new managers must improve skills such as active listening, adaptability and decision-making. These core skills can assist supervisors and managers in tackling difficult issues that may arise within their workforce.
The ultimate purpose of discipline should be to regulate behaviour, not merely to punish. Anybody can fire or suspend an employee. It takes talent to be able to turn problem employees into valuable members of the team. It is a challenge we should not shirk. To understand how to effectively manage your company’s human resources, join “People Management”.