Tips for Improving Your Management Skills

Being in a management role entails a lot of responsibility. Not only do you have to make sure everyone on your team is performing their jobs correctly and efficiently, but you’re also responsible for your team’s happiness within the company. After all, company culture starts and is influenced by management.

When it comes to improving your management skills and overall company culture, here are a few tips.

Make Meetings Fun

It’s no secret that most people don’t look forward to meetings — hence the joke “just make it an email.” Instead of having the same monotonous meetings, liven them up with games and other fun activities, such as Pictionary or darts. Dedicating five to 10 minutes of a meeting to fun can really help keep your team engaged and happy.

Schedule Work Outings

Whether it be a team happy hour or an “Escape the Room” type of activity, team outings give your employees a chance to bond outside of a formal work environment. You can ask your team what they’d like to do or you can surprise them entirely. (Just make sure you pick a day when at least most of your team can attend.)

Don’t Micromanage

Few things are more stressful than someone constantly peeking over your shoulder to check how your work is coming along. Micromanaging can stress out your employees and make them feel as if you don’t trust them to do their jobs. Just remind your team members of final deadlines and trust them to get things done on time.

Create a Bit of Competition

A bit of healthy competition never hurt anyone and can actually “light a fire” under your team and make them more motivated to work. Offer a gift card or small bonus to employees who hit a certain sales goal or who get extra ahead on work. You’d be surprised how much it can help team morale to see more of a reward for their extra efforts.

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