How to be a better manager – tips from an employee

Published on: Thu, 09 Jul 2020
By: Rachael, redwigwam

I think it’s safe to say we’ve all had a variety of bosses in our working lives.

Some great, some… not so great.

I’m not talking about workload or a job in particular.

I’m talking about how managers manage their employee's well-being and overall work environment.

I have had such a wide range of managers since working from the age of seventeen and being a support worker myself now, I want to share some tips on how to be a better manager, for the sake of those who work under you.

Listen to your employee's feedback

If you want your employees to respect and listen to you, you should first listen to them.

I know having the job of managing a whole team can be trying.

If you notice that your employees are not doing their best or putting in a lot of effort – maybe it’s time to listen to what they have to say.

Is there a reason behind this?

You can do many things to listen to your employees without putting them on the spot.

Start a suggestions box, send out anonymous surveys.

Have your employees have input into how you manage them.

After all, it’s their workplace too.

Be the motivator

A lot of times, employees will have built up a lot of anxiety and stress over working towards deadlines.

Not to mention the pressure of doing things to your standard.

Instead of telling your worker off, or constantly telling your employees what needs improving – try praising them for the things they do well.

This is a great way to get your employees feeling better and more motivated to keep up the good work.

Realise not every single worker is the same person

No matter the size of your team, you should take your employee's well-being into account.

If one employee seems anxious and is taking more breaks than usual and not engaging with the team or responding to work emails – seek out how they are feeling.

Remember, not every employee works at the same pace or rate as others.

Perhaps taking a Mental Health Awareness or Mental Health first aid course will provide better information on how to assist your employees.

Not everything is the worker’s fault

I’ve had a manager that put low targets and low feedback blame purely on the workers.

It’s time to realise that you as a manager may need improvement too.

Managers' meetings are a great way to learn how to manage and provide for your team better. Remember to stick up for your own team too!

Be a leader, not an intimidating boss 

If you notice your workers aren’t coming to you a lot, and you spot them asking each other for tips and advice, perhaps it’s time to work on that.

I mean, it’s natural to be wary of your boss, but don’t blow your lid whenever a worker asks about holidays and time off.

It’s why they’re given those days! Remember that you get the time off that you ask for, it has to be the same for your workers.

I understand being a manager comes with a lot of pressure, but you certainly shouldn’t take it out on those under you, who are working towards the same targets as you.

Remember you’re part of a team, not a dictatorship!

Thank you so much Jess for sharing your blog post! Find more of Jess’ stuff here –

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