What does it take to be a good manager? What is good management? These are some of the questions you could be asking yourself if you’re new to the management scene, or are trying to improve your managerial relationship with employees. Good management is essential for establishing a creative and productive workplace, and more often than not, many managers fall into common mistakes that may cripple their ability to communicate with their employees. 

Trust is incredibly important in the workplace, and trust between an employee and management is essential. Managers who do not trust their employees cannot expect them to generate new ideas, or work out of the box, thus restraining them to minimal effort, creativity and even productivity. Leading by example, and reaching out to employees can help repair this trust.

In order to be an effective manager, you must be able to train, organize, communicate, and most importantly motivate your team. 

Ensuring that your employees are prepared for their line of work is crucial. Whether the training is one-on-one with the manager, or part of a formal training program, helping your employees understand how to perform in their line of work is essential for accomplishing maximum productivity and motivation.

There is no set way to organize a team. Rather, you need to look at your team, and organize accordingly. Investigating job descriptions, assessing what kinds of processes you can implement, and utilizing software to organize tasks and deadlines are a good way to structure your team. 

Establishing a communication system between employees and management is essential for ensuring that projects are completed on time, and employees are notified on current tasks and objectives. Ground rules should be established for running late and sick days. Specific issues may require different communication approaches; if someone is under performing, you may have to speak with them on the individual-level, while changes in a project might require speaking on the team-level. Regardless, an informed employee will be more understanding, and perform better rather than an uninformed employee.

Motivation keeps workers from slacking off, and adds enthusiasm and creativity to their work. Tapping into what motivates employees and capitalizing on it can seriously improve a workers performance. Though each employee is different, typically money, recognition, or even promotions can help motivate workers. Using competitions, “praise” boards, or even a team mascot can help boost motivation.