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How to be the Manager People Want

Managers in nearly every position and in every industry have responsibilities that carry a lot of weight. Whether you’ve just entered into a management position, or are starting your own business and preparing to manage a team of employees, there are a few things every great manager should be doing. But, remember that becoming a great manager takes time and effort, so don’t be discouraged! Consider these tips the next time you find yourself wanting to strengthen your management skills.

Communicate Effectively

It sounds trite, but when it comes to management, communication is the key to success. First, it’s important to make sure that your team has the same understanding of their roles, team goals, and individual expectations. This allows team members to hold each other accountable, ask for help when needed, and to not be afraid of giving or receiving feedback. Managers who exhibit excellent communication skills, will ultimately be able to foster a culture of respect, trust, and true leadership. Remember, team members and employees will take cues from their managers, so practice what you preach and set the same expectations for yourself as you do for your team members.

Use Your Employees Wisely

Great managers understand and recognize the value each of their employees bring to the table. This takes time. Consider getting to know your employees on an individual level, pay special attention to their talents, interests, and skill set. Harness these employees by setting them up for success and putting them in positions where they can grow and succeed.

Manage Conflict Quickly

When you’re working with many different personalities, workplace conflict in inevitable. But, when managed correctly, workplace conflict can actually be a good thing. It is absolutely crucial for managers to face conflicts head-on, and help create a solution by providing a platform and space to have crucial conversations. This will help build trust and loyalty in your workplace.

Evaluate Work Distribution

Employees need to be recognized for their workplace efforts and achievements. But, this doesn’t mean congratulating an employee for working extra hours during the weekend or staying late at night. As a manager, it’s important to make sure the work distribution across the team is fair and relatively equal, according to each person’s position and role. When workloads are obviously unequal, this can cause workplace conflict, inefficiencies, and feelings of resentment.

Recognize Your Own Progress

Don’t be afraid to ask your employees for feedback in an appropriate and professional way. You might consider to do this in a variety of ways such as anonymous surveys or one-on-ones. If you’re unsure of how to ask for input, don’t be afraid to ask your employees how they would be most comfortable giving you feedback.

We know how difficult it can be when it comes to learning how to manage a team. If you think it’s time to receive professional guidance, Quadrivium Advisors is here to help you navigate the nuances of management.

How to Plan Networking Events That Work for Everyone

All small business owners come to learn the importance of networking with their local communities. Networking helps boost our businesses in various ways. It can help us meet potential clients, employees, and help us learn how to run our businesses better. But, networking is often done the wrong way. So, avoid networking faux pas and stick to these tips when you plan your next event.

Create a planning committee

Whether you’re planning your own event or are coordinating with other small business owners, it’s important to rely on the guidance of an event planning committee. Make sure to recruit a diverse group of people who can help represent the needs of those who will be attending.

Be aware of the space, time, and location of the event.

Planning a networking event after work in a bar is common, but it doesn’t always work for everyone. During your planning time, make sure to present questions that will help create an intentional and comfortable atmosphere for everyone. Ask questions like, Will women feel safe here? or Is this setting comfortable for those who choose not to drink alcohol?

Get Feedback

You might consider using different tools to gain insight from those who will be participating in the event. Survey tools like, Survey Monkey or Typeform, allow you to design your own survey and gather organized data from those who complete the form. Surveys can help you gather information when it comes to where to host the event and at which time or day of the week. The key to hosting a great event is to make sure all voices are heard and represented! So, don’t be afraid to ask the questions that are on your mind.

Think outside the box

While most networking events occur in the evening, you might consider hosting a daytime event during the workweek. This might allow a greater attendance, while also promoting a healthy work-life balance for your event-goers. Try hosting a lunch or breakfast and stay away from alcohol centric events.

Networking should be fun, and of course, it should be accessible to everyone. Don’t forget to ask your guests for their needs, like handicap accessibility or dietary restrictions. Making an intentional event that everyone can enjoy will say a lot about your business and what it represents. When it comes to planning an inclusive networking event, what’s worked for you and your team?

Building Work Relationships…From Home

As more and more people continue to work remotely, either from home, coffee shops, or communal workplaces, workplace culture (and etiquette) is beginning to see changes as well. According to a survey published by Gallup, the past five years have seen an unprecedented increase in the amount of people who work remotely. In fact, data from the survey shows that nearly 43 percent of employees work remotely. As people spend more time working from home and less time physically interacting with their coworkers, the question remains: How can we build strong and trustworthy relationships with our coworkers without actually working in the same space? The answer—it’s possible, but it takes work. Here’s everything you need to know about building remote work relationships:

Find resources that work for you and your team:

Since remote workplaces are becoming more popular, there have been a plethora of tools designed to ease some of the challenges that come with it. When it comes to building a strong team, it’s important to decide which tools you will use, as well as when and how you will use them. Here are a few to consider:

  • Virtual Meetings- If you are working on a project with other team members, or are holding a team meeting to catch up, you might consider using a virtual meeting tool like Skype or Google Hangouts. This allows you to video chat with others on the conference call, making the meeting a little more personal.
  • Use a central hub- Whether you are sharing important documents with your coworkers or just need a communication platform, other than email, organizational sites like Slack or Asana are worth considering. These sites allow you to chat, share documents, and assign tasks to others in your group.

Build personal connections:

It seems obvious, but don’t forget the small talk. It might seem trivial, but asking friendly questions like, How was your weekend? Or How are things going for you this week? can remind your coworkers that despite your distance, you still support them. Working remotely can be lonely for some people, so don’t hesitate getting together in person for lunch meetings or after work happy hours.

Communicate Effectively

Communication can be difficult in any workplace, but especially when working remotely. It’s extremely important to communicate effectively and timely when dealing with remote coworkers. Working remotely means we rely on phone calls, emails, and chats, even more than we would if we were to share an office with coworkers. Try responding to your coworkers in a timely manner, or make sure to communicate when you will respond if you are unable to do so right away.

Working remotely has a lot of benefits, but if you need guidance when it comes to navigating the nuances of building remote work relationships, don’t wait too long to contact us at Quadrivium Advisors!

Better Leaders Get More Sleep

We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep. But, a lot of us are really bad at getting a full 8 hours. In fact, according to data published by the National Health Interview Survey, most adults get less than 6 hours of sleep each night. This might not seem like a big deal, but when it comes to being a productive and effective leader, getting little sleep can cause big problems in the workplace. The next time you push back your bed time, think about the benefits that come with a full night’s sleep, like these ones:

Effective Problem Solving

When we’re tired, solving problems can become much more difficult. Without enough sleep, our minds might feel slow, making it hard to think through problems and coming up with solutions. Sleep supports our basic cognitive functions like recognizing patterns and making insights, or solving problem and coming up with solutions. When we’re fully rested, our minds can quickly picture scenarios and more effectively predict obstacles and problems, while coming up with probable solutions.

Being Present to Others

Communicating and working with others can take a lot of patience, especially in a workplace setting. When we are sleep deprived, we are more likely to overreact and misinterpret people’s body language, as well as verbal and nonverbal messages. As a leader, it’s extremely important to communicate with others intentionally and effectively. However, our ability to do so decreases when we aren’t completely rested.

Creativity and Innovation

Good leaders know how important creativity and innovation can be in a workplace setting. However, in order to exercise these skills, we need to be operating with a mind that is fully rested. When we’re tired and worn out, it can take all the energy we have just to get through the day.

Of course, getting enough sleep seems like a simple thing to do. However, a good night’s sleep requires more than just getting into bed. The next time you bunker down for the night, you might consider some of these tips to ensure a night of good, quality sleep:

  • Take time to calm down. It can be difficult getting to sleep if your body and mind are restless. Try avoiding exercise and eating at least 2 hours before you want to fall asleep. Digestion and exercise can actually energize the body, so give yourself plenty of time after eating and exercise before you hit the hay.
  • Avoid screentime before bed. It’s true that screens can affect our quality of sleep. The light and activity we consume from our screens can make it difficult to fall asleep. Try putting your screens away before you get into bed. Instead of watching TV or looking at your phone, consider reading a book or magazine instead.
  • Establish a sleep routine. Our bodies react best to habit, especially when it comes to getting quality sleep. Consider making a nightly routine for yourself in order to establish better sleeping habits. This could include a cup of decaffeinated tea before dozing off, or writing in a journal for 20 minutes.

At Quadrivium Advisors, we know how important sleep is, especially for leaders and business owners! What do you do to get more high-quality sleep in your home?

 

 

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