Are you afraid to manage people?

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Are you afraid to manage people?

Does fear grip you when you think about overseeing employees? Are you afraid to manage people and think you might be terrible at it? Managing people can seem somewhat overwhelming at times. It is both the most enjoyable and most difficult part of being a supervisor. Building relationships with your staff however, can promote success for the future of your department or business.

There are many different types of leaders and managers. Being a manager is basically the nuts and bolts of the machine, but leading a group of people means you are actually getting in that machine and starting up the engine.

Leading means setting the example you want to see in others, being the employee you want to have. There's no fear in that, is there? It's easy to talk yourself out of doing something, why not spend a little extra time talking yourself into doing something. That could be the very thing that gives you your next break or pushes you on to greatness.

It's easy to get overwhelmed with other people; managers, employees, customers, business owners. If you are doing a great job and you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, then what do you have to worry about? If you don't know what you are supposed to be doing, take a look at your job description.

If you do not have a detailed job description for your position, get one! It's imperative. Without the expectations being set before you, then how can you achieve them? It's not too much to ask an employer for a job description. In fact, it's somewhat disorganized and unfair on their part to expect you to meet certain goals when they haven't been laid out clearly for you.

What types of goals do you have? What goals do you have for your employees and department? If you don't have personal goals and professional goals, make some. How do you know you've achieved them if you don't have any?

Once you have your job description, some goals to accomplish for yourself and your staff, then you can move forward with confidence to reach them. There's nothing to be afraid, right? Of course fear or uncertainty is normal, especially if this if your first time managing or leading employees. I can't stress enough the absolute necessity of setting goals. For example, if you want your department to increase revenue sales, then how much do you need to increase?

Write down the goal. Then divide out the number of working days you have in the allotted time, let's say one month & 22 working days. Then divide that by the number of shifts you have per day or by the number of employees you have each day. That gives you a more reasonable number to deal with. See how easy this is?

So before you finish this article, stop right now and write down some goals. What have you been putting off, that you want to get started on? What do you want to accomplish? See, there's no reason to be afraid to manage people, right? Write it down, break it down and go for it!

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