In theory, management is designed to improve productivity, but this is increasingly not the case. In today’s workplace there is an excess management epidemic, and it is impacting your workers.
Whilst a manager may believe that asking their workers for several updates a day is keeping them in the loop, in reality their workers are prevented from really getting into their work and avoiding distractions. If this sounds like you, it may be time to adjust your managerial style.
Cue the minimalist managerial style. Adopting this style can improve productivity and boost performance by cutting down to only the most crucial management functions, and getting rid of unnecessary practices that challenge your workers.
So how could you start to implement a more minimalist approach to managing?
Think about the end result
Whilst traditionally performance would have been measured on approach and perceived work ethic (coming in at 9 and finishing after hours), you should begin thinking about measuring performance by results. For example, allow more flexibility in approach to work (flexible working hours, breaks, etc.), as productivity could be boosted by simply having a regime that is less set in stone. Remember that people work differently, and allowing this focus on results rather than the steps taken to get to the results will be looked on favourably.
Challenge the need for meetings
Do you manage a team that has a half hour meeting to discuss results daily? Take that time, multiply it by the number of people in the meeting, and you’ll quickly see how much working time is lost during a month. Ensure that having a meeting is the most effective way of relaying or gaining information, that all the attendees are needed at the meeting, and what work may come ahead of the meeting in terms of priority before filling up those all-important hours of other people’s working day.
Trust your staff
No one likes a manager that is constantly micromanaging them. Trust that your employees are able to do their jobs and getting tasks done – if you can’t do this then you have hired the wrong people. Delegate the task, set a deadline, and once an appropriate amount of time has passed, verify that the task has been completed. Trust that if an employee is struggling or needs help, they will ask.
Taking the time to reflect on your management culture and how it could be improved on to get the results you want, can be difficult for even the most experienced manager.