The job of manager is not for the fainthearted. It is demanding, multi-layered and requires a flexible attitude, efficient approach, and jack-of-all-trades handling. You are the one with the answers (most of the time) the one who calls the shots, the one in the director’s chair.
Advanced Home Care Solutions is a nurse staffing agency, and as such, we coordinate and partner with DOCs to help expand their resources and network of personnel. Still, we know that even with outsourced help, the manager’s role can be a tough one. Management duties are always changing from one moment to the next, and with so much multitasking involved in day-to-day responsibilities, we’re going to discuss the concept of handling task transitions in a way that is the most efficient, productive, and manageable – pun intended.
Management Style Sets the Tone
How you work will undoubtedly impact how your colleagues and team members work, and it’s not hard to guess why. Subordinates take their cues from their superiors, with the goal of supporting overall functionality, a cohesive workspace, and maintaining the status quo. Your work style reflects your management style, and the domino effect is that your team will follow their leader. Set a tone by establishing your ideal work style and allowing your team to take note. This might mean improving upon current routines and processes to ensure maximum output with minimal stress. When every cog in a machine works at optimal efficiency and ease, productivity shines and so does morale.
Keep in mind that it’s important to regularly evaluate one’s own attitude in the workplace, and whether it is conducive to a positive and productive atmosphere. At the end of the day, you can’t expect more from those you manage than you do from yourself. You are their beacon of what to strive towards.
Time & Task Organization Planning
Organizing blocks of time and dedicating them to specific tasks can be extremely helpful as a manager. For example, try scheduling all meetings in blocks, one after another. This will also help keep meetings from running too late. This also applies to responding to emails, returning calls, etc. – allow for a certain period in each day to solely focus on this so that you are not constantly interrupted throughout the day. If it helps, you can mention in your outgoing voicemail message that calls will be returned by your chosen time of the day. This keeps you accountable, in control and feeling less overwhelmed.
Delegate Where Appropriate
Being the manager does not mean you are required to personally carry out each and every task that comes across your desk. You must get comfortable with delegating to capable employees and also allow others the opportunity to highlight their strengths.
Communication – A Skill Worth Refining
It’s okay to admit when your communication skills could be improved. Don’t be afraid to ask your team for feedback on how you can better communicate tasks, instructions, etc., to avoid confusion and misinterpretation. This is essential and can sidestep mounds of potentially wasted time.
Schedule Time for Quiet Reflection and Rest
In the midst of a hectic workday, it can be easy to fall into the habit of skipping breaks. But this can actually be counterproductive – it is proven that allowing your brain to rest and reset can boost overall efficiency.
Remember that even as a manager, you are still human – and humans are imperfect. We can only strive to get better every day and improve our work environments for ourselves, and our teams.