managing work efficiently

Management is all about “managing men tactfully” but when managing men tactfully becomes “trying to manage a man”, it leads to micromanagement.

Management is all about “managing men tactfully” but when managing men tactfully becomes “trying to manage a man”, it leads to micromanagement. If good management is what keeps a company running smoothly, micromanagement is what brings down everything, as it focuses on a minute detail rather than on overall performance. This in turn results in demotivating workers from work and thereby distancing them from the team. However, micromanaging for many could be a good thing. What’s possibly wrong in looking into the details for perfection, right? What we have to understand is that management is about communicating, briefing, sharing, listening and giving feedback and not about dictating and dominating. The manager is the leader of a group who guides and grooms the team but isn’t a one-man army who can take on everything by himself. Here are some ways to delegate efficiently without micromanaging:

1. Assign responsibility effectively: An owner might feel that doing?a bit of everything is fine and fiddling with small problems is?as important as dealing with big ones. Thing is, everyone needs a little help sometime. By dividing work effectively among trusted subordinates the business can run better. Kumud Singh, Business Development Director of Alpine Coffee Estate agrees on this and says, “The core manager can assign responsibilities to coordinators. This way the managers can focus on other important things that the company needs to consider.”

2. Letting go: A comprehensive briefing is required a first but pushing all the way until the project is done may not be necessary. By doing so, the manager could discourage the employee and make them less independent. Bhushan Shilpakar, Managing Director at photo.circle says, “Sometime the manager has to realize when to let go and when to take charge depending on the situation.”

3. Share experiences, don’t instruct: A manager may have his own experiences that employees could relate to problems they themselves are dealing with.?In such a case the managers?can share these experiences?but let the employee have his options rather than dictating what to do. “I like to look into what my employees are doing, supervising their work is my job but I also let them have their options,” says Mr. Shilpakar.

4. Setting an objective: An objective guides the work. If one objective is given to the workers, they can align their work to it by thinking on their own terms and checking in-between if they have strayed from it.

5. Communicating and working as a team: A manager should have a good line of communication with his fellow workers. This is how a team can finish a project together. Proper communication resolves conflict and develops a better relationship among team members and helps in creating a better work environment. “I communicate with my employees frequently by setting up group meetings to bring out a fine project,” shares Mr. Shilpakar.

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