Becoming a manager is supposed to be a good sign. Your career is finally breaking through and you are becoming more successful. But managing teams and workers also poses many challenges . Every team leader in every industry suffers from the same issues.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at these key challenges and see what we can do about them. Read on to find out more.
1. Finding talent
First of all, as a manager, it is likely you will have a hand in hiring and firing processes. The trouble is that finding the right people for your team is a tough task, especially if you are a small business. How can you possibly attract talent when there are many other rivals in your industry trying to unearth the same talent? There are a few things you can do to make your position a more attractive proposition. Speak to your boss about designing a package of benefits you can offer that can combat the threat of your rivals offering a higher wage. Health insurance, perhaps, or even profit share schemes can work. Maybe you can ask your employer to have a more relaxed attitude to remote working, or flextime, too.
2. Keeping talent
Finding the right people to work for your team is one thing – keeping them working for your employer’s business is another entirely. A higher wage elsewhere can be a tempting offer to the vast majority of employees, so you need to think about using a strategy to ensure they know what they will be giving up if they leave. Request investment in first-class training programs, for a start, and also look at each employee’s career development plan. Most of all, though, be a good team leader. Have an open door policy, listen to your team members’ suggestions, and lead from the front. You won’t manage to keep everyone, of course, but you should reduce much of the damage and disruption that can be caused by poor employee retention levels.
3. Managing basics
As a team leader, you have no choice but to become a great manager if you want to succeed. And there is a lot that needs doing. You’ll need to plan monthly activities, manage employee annual leave, arrange cover for sick days, and a whole lot more besides. As your company grows, you can get help from an internal HR department. But in many cases, your employer might need to rely on third parties, HR software, or just by muddling through by themselves. Ensure that you develop good working relationships with your HR department wherever possible. Also you must be aware of all your legal responsibilities when it comes to employment laws and industry regulations.
It’s easy to forget about the importance of communication in business, especially if you are involved in the minutiae of running a team day in and day out. However, when it comes to communication, it’s essential that you get it right. As we mentioned above, having an open door policy can help, as can lending your ear to your team members. Finally, and above all, consistency in everything you say and do is the most important aspect of internal comms. It will help everyone do their jobs properly, make better decisions, and understand their goals.