3 Golden Rules for Managing Employees


Management of employees is at the heart and soul of every organization.  No matter the brilliance of the strategy, it will not work without a motivated and effective workforce.   There is no shortage of management theories and best-selling books on how to succeed through the leadership secrets of Attila the Hun, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa . . . you get the point.  But whether managing a horde, a quarrelsome cabinet or an army of nuns, there are some common denominators.  Here are 3 of the fundamental rules for managing any team:

Develop a Team Feeling

People are happiest when they are part of a larger team who care for each other and are working for a specific goal.   Employees do not want to be treated as collateral, but rather as valued members of your organization who will share in the success of the venture. Go out of your way to ensure that your employees have this feeling and are committed to the success of your venture. It will pay significant dividends long term.

Manage Employees by Objectives

Every employee should know what the responsibilities of the job are and what the measure of success is in that position. Work with your employees to help them grow in the job so they can meet and exceed all objectives.

One of the biggest mistakes businesses make is not placing enough emphasis on the ongoing management and training of employees.   This is done in many ways, such as demonstrating the standards of the organization, sharing knowledge with employees to help them grow and reward them both verbally and financially for the efforts they put in to achieve their objectives.

Delegate and Avoid Micromanaging Employees

One of the cardinal sins of small business is the sense that the owner must know everything and every detail of the organization, and that the employees are simply charged with the execution of the owner’s wishes.   This is not an effective way of running an organization or utilizing either your or your employees’ time very effectively.

By delegating responsibilities in accordance with the capabilities of each person, and then following up to ensure that the tasks have been accomplished you will develop better employees and have more time yourself to build the business by effectively managing the entire operation.

Develop a team feeling, help them understand their objective, delegate and don’t micromanage – good places to start as you develop your management philosophy.