Management is not a job for everyone. It is relentless, unforgiving, thankless and definitely not a popularity contest. You are sandwiched between the expectations of your boss and the expectations of your staff and meeting day-to-day targets whilst dealing with day-to-day staffing issues can tax even the most mild of tempers.
Yet management is a career that millions aspire to! When it goes well it can go very well, (bonuses notwithstanding) and a good manager is a well respected person of good standing and moral fibre. OK, maybe that’s a little extreme…
Why So Hard?
Because otherwise everyone could do it! The idea, however, is to evolve into better managers with a better understanding of what makes our staff tick and what makes ourselves tick.
Ever read a book or article on management and wondered what the hell they were going on about? Too much “blue sky” thinking and not enough “singing from the same hymn sheet”? We proclaim ourselves to be a jargon free site with a dedication to practical management advice and useful tips.
Read on to see if you are one of the legions of “Reluctant Managers”…
The Reluctant Manager
Management is not an easy job for various reasons but none as significant as the fact that most managers never started out wanting to be a manger in the first place. A lot of managers simply fall into the job because they are “last man standing” as it were. You may have experienced this – joining a company at the bottom and finding, after 3 or 4 years, that you are now the most experienced person at your site apart from the manger. The manager then leaves for one reason or another and guess who is wanted as a replacement?
You think things over and weigh up the options; you don’t really want to move into management because it looks stressful but you are mindful that if you don’t accept the job the company will have to find a manager from somewhere.
The new manager may be from another store (and will interfere with the way you do things) or, even worse, may be a relatively new member of staff who, currently, you are instructing in the job. Whoever it is, you will be subordinate to them and may end up propping them up with your knowledge whilst they are earning the extra money.
So you accept.
You are told that you will be supported by senior management and there will not be any unreasonable expectations placed on you as you are, after all, a new manager. Your area manager will then spend the first week with you holding your hand and after that you will only see him/her when you mess up. And you will. You will mess up because no one told you how to deal with staff, how to plan, how to organise, how to delegate. You will mess up because your staff members (best friends whilst your peers) now seem to be reluctant to do anything you ask of them. You will mess up because you don’t know anything about disciplinary procedures or coaching or motivation or any of the other things that management involves.
But don’t worry. The company said that there wouldn’t be any unreasonable demands placed on you as you are a new manager and this is still a learning curve. Guess what happens? You screw up and get blamed for it. The reason you get blamed is that the area manager, who should have been supporting you, decided he didn’t have time to do that and left you on your own. When the big mistake happened, rather than admit to his/her own failing, he/she told his/her operation’s director that you had been fully supported and maybe, just maybe, you can’t quite cut the mustard.
First week and you are already in trouble.
Well, all we can say is thank God for ManagementStylesOnline.com. We understand your plight. Really. We have written a number of articles giving you useful tips and advice on how to survive the maelstrom of management. Our articles come from experienced managers who have done it and got the T-shirt and they can help you to become a better manager.
So, use the site as you see fit. Feel free to read all the articles (you will learn something in every one) or use the site as a reference. Problems don’t all come at once so why should the solutions. Got an issue? See if we have the answer.