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Tips for coaching managementPosted Tuesday, February 23, 2016 by Unicorn HRO
How you manage your employees affects their performance, and this impacts the effectiveness of the overall team as well as their productivity. As a manager, it is your responsibility to ensure that their working environment is conducive to maximizing their potential. You will find that both those new to your company as well as seasoned employees welcome effective coaching from their managers.
In order to guarantee that you’re coaching your employees in the best possible way, read these tips below:
Provide regular feedback and recognition to your employees
In order to meet both short and long-term business objectives, your employees need to know how they are performing. This cannot just be accomplished via annual or biannual evaluations. Instead, it is best to regularly engage with employees=and give them feedback (at least once a week) about what areas they need to work on, as well as give them recognition if they are doing their job well.
Provide your employees with autonomy and space to grow
A good manager doesn’t micromanage his team members, and if he is constantly telling them how to do things, as well as solving their problems when an issue arises, these employees will always be looking to you to do their job. Provide them with space so that they can hone their job skills on their own. This also gives them the confidence to solve problems without coming to you, as well as encourages them to self-evaluate and develop personal responsibility. It also allows them to become more invested in accomplishing objectives, and they will develop a sense of commitment to your company, as they will begin seeing opportunities to excel as an individual team member.
Be aware of your employees’ individual strengths and weaknesses
It is important to be aware of your individual team members’ differences with regard to their strengths and weaknesses. Based on their individual talents, you will know what position the team member would be best at.. This not only prevents setbacks, but also allows team members to hone their skills and actualize their potential.
Communicate clearly, and be aware of your employees’ communication styles
As a manager, it is important for you to communicate the directions and goals for a set objective clearly to all of your employees. If there is something your employees do not understand, you need to make sure to clarify any points that are in question. Also it is imperative that you are aware of the differences in the ways your individual team members communicate. If, for example, someone takes their time to speak or respond, you need to allow for this, as interrupting them and/or asking that they speed it up would be insensitive and could have negative results on the employee’s confidence and work ethic.
Ensure that your employees are aware of long term goals, and steer their behavior towards accomplishing these goals
Remember that even the manager is part of a team, working with employees to accomplish a higher, long-term goal. Communicate this to your team members and let them know that you are all working together to accomplish the same objective. With this aim in mind, set relevant worthwhile targets and outcomes that challenge and motivate them to perform more effectively and productively; and in doing so, ensure team success.