Gabby Freitas of independent recruitment consultancy Berry Rowan Recruitment Solutions, provides some advice on how to keep your workforce happy.

We know as a manager sometimes you have a great deal on your plate the majority of the time, but one of the biggest mistakes you can make is neglecting your staff! The most important thing you can do as a manager is to make time to support your team.

Empower and encourage

Encourage your team to manage themselves. Give them the opportunity to make decisions and don’t second guess them. Empower them to succeed and do what they do well… but always remember to let them know you’re there if they need support.

Staying positive and inspiring them 

It is always important to inspire your team and by staying positive, listening to their concerns and ideas, you can help resolve challenges and deal with negative issues quickly and effectively. This can inspire your team to really excel in their role, knowing that their manager will maintain a positive and supportive work environment for them to grow and develop.

Don’t be unreachable – they need you

We’ve all had that manager – the one who only communicates with you when they need to hand down a project or task, but are never available when you need them. A great manager will always be available. They will always make an effort to ensure employees are supported and have the right tools and training needed to get the job done.

Feedback and communication are key

Touching base with your team members and providing performance related feedback will encourage your team to continually improve. At the end of the day, if you don’t tell your team how they are doing, how can you expect them to improve? Communicating team objectives regularly and listening to feedback on how a certain project or task is going will open the door for productive two-way conversations with your team and can help resolve any difficult challenges that they may be facing.

Happy managing!

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