How To Effectively Manage People

Life is a collection of relationships, and relationships can compensate for the things you do not have.

People have a major and sensitive role to play in every business, enterprise and corporation. Companies will rise or fall with people. The right people are the core of strong corporations; the wrong ones will drive corporations to the ground. This is equivalent to saying, “A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.” (William James) That is why corporations must fine-tune their people management skills—ensuring only the right people are admitted.

So what is people management? It is a process whereby human beings are engaged by a company, given the right orientation required to function in that company and taught about the dos and don’ts so their skills and expertise can be well used to make the company profitable.

Are you are wondering why a lot of organizations have a high rate of labor turnover? Well, the secret is in people management.

The recruitment process should be simple enough to attract the right candidate. A long list of jargon about the skills of the prospective candidate is unnecessary. Those complications are not necessary for an entry-level position in an organization.

You should have a robust orientation program for new staff. This is where you teach an employee the ins and outs so they can efficiently operate in the system. The right orientation can deliver the right staff.

The culture of every organization is unique and must be adhered to by new hires. It should communicate the values and beliefs—essentially what the company stands for and represents. This way, employees can display these standards and ideals in their behavior. It will take time to adjust to, and so will the orientation program.

You should also be sensitive enough to identify and select the right candidate while they are undergoing their orientation. Beyond completing tasks, the right fit for the job will have a heart for the company. Knowing what makes the employee tick is an important aspect at this stage because it can save managers from the torture of low productivity. This can help the manager decide which role the employee can easily fit into or not.

Beyond the employee’s passion and need to satisfy personal needs, they need to be in sync with the language of the organization at this stage. They should be familiar with the work tools and environment. Workflow should not be affected by their resumption for any reason. No one should be spoon-fed to get the job done. The reason staff are employed is simply to lessen the work burden, increase productivity and meet demand. If these are not accomplished, the reason for the recruitment in the first place is unnecessary.

Be quick to spot conflicts between employees and also between employees and management. The way you go about resolving these conflicts can affect employees’ work and attitude toward work—which could eventually affect productivity. Low energy in the workplace leads to low productivity and vice versa.

Be sensitive throughout the employees’ work journey because it says a lot about your company and what it represents. Stay firm and true to whatever you stand for.

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