8 Tips On Managing Your Manager

8 Tips On Managing Your Manager

Problems with the line manager are some of the most common reasons I hear when candidates discuss moving on.

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Personnel today reported on a recent survey by XpertHR that:

“Six employers in 10 do not believe that their managers are confident and competent in managing underperforming staff.”

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Not everything is resolvable, yet this relationship goes two ways. You maybe searching for a while and the following tips may ease some of the tension and develop skills that could aid you in building stronger working relations in the future.

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1.  Be Sympathetic. Depending on how bad the situation is, this is easier said than done. However, try to see the situation from the other side. You are both employees of the same business (even if they own it) and it’s more than likely that you both depend on its success to support you financially.

They also probably have targets of their own which include your management and performance and therefore cannot succeed alone.

The first step is to recognise the role you play and what it must be like to work with you, with your individual needs, strengths and weaknesses.

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2.    Get it in writing. Whenever you are assigned tasks or agree objectives with your boss always confirm the specifics in writing. Take the initiative; don’t wait for them to do this for you. All it takes is a quick email from you outlining what was discussed. It also works as a great double check so there is no misunderstanding. It can be an important audit trail in case things progress to performance management. It’s also a great habit to get into as people do forget.

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3.    Get it done. Don’t wait to be chased. Deliver what you need to do, on time consistently and to a high standard. Take pride in your work regardless of what’s going on. Maintain a good level of personal responsibility and strive to never let yourself down.

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4.    Communicate. Let them know if you wish to develop a certain element of your role or within the organisation. If you wish to remain at the same level and position communicate that as well.

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Give them as much notice as possible on holidays or anything that may impact your work performance and show courtesy, even when it’s not extended to you.

However…

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5.    Do not let them know you are looking to leave. There are times when the cat needs to stay in the bag. Informing them of your search rarely works out well, even if you and your boss get on great personally. Read more on this in our post “Shhh Don’t Tell The Boss”

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6.    Appreciate The Wider View. Sometimes its not always clear why tasks are given or changes made. In your position you may not be privy to the overall strategy of the business as a whole.  Your boss may not be either. Although unpopular, sometimes you have to go with the flow and see how things unfold. Learn how to accept change and when to challenge.

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7.    Challenge in Private. If you do have concerns make sure your boss hears them from you and not the office grapevine. I have been told so many toe-curling stories in which overheard conversations have caused animosity. Be discreet and professional.

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8.   Remember it’s not just you. Your management will be only one part of your manager’s role. You will not always know what they are up to. Appreciate that, and try not to dominate all of their time and space.

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Use your experiences in your own management style and how you interact with others. Effect changes where you can and let go where you can’t. Not only will it help you develop, but also move toward a new challenge instead of away from an old problem.

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Sarah Cooper has over 14 years Recruitment experience gained in both an internal and agency environment. As one of the founding Directors of McGinnis Loy Ltd, specialist Finance and HR Recruiters, she is still actively recruiting in the marketplace today. Follow her tweets @approachmarket

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