The Importance of Management

Merriam Webster defines management as the act or skill of making decisions about a business, department, sports team, etc. Directing and making decisions about a business is extremely important which is why effective management is vital to any business.

Different companies have different cultures, and therefore management styles may work for one and not the other, but in general there are a few key qualities management needs to have for the business to be successful.

Good management should encourage initiative and innovation. Employees should feel that they can share new ideas or plans and implement them, without direct supervision of their superior. Allowing employees to discuss their ideas openly with management creates a more positive organization, where employees feel valued and know that they are contributing. Also, if employees take initiative on certain projects and creates a new or more effective way of completing the work, it can produce a sense of competition amongst other employees, making them work harder.

Having positive managers is essential for the organizations. Most employees feel more content at work when they get along with management or know that management values them. Receiving feedback for work, whether it is in praise or constructive criticism, allows the employee to improve upon their work, and shows that management cares about the employee and the work they are doing.

Transparency is key to the importance of management. Keeping an open dialogue with employees in regards to progress, opportunities and risks will help employees feel happier and provide them with more understanding of what the company stands for, is going through, and what might be on the horizon. If a company is having financial issues, most employees would rather have knowledge of this so they can be prepared if their position isn’t secure. Employees are able to prepare in case of unfortunate events. Transparency increases trust amongst employees and customers, and is an essential quality of all successful businesses.

Management needs to have careful planning and resource allocation. If there isn’t a successful management strategy, a strategic plan, or simply a direction this could lead to a waste of financial, material and human capital. If management does not have a clear strategy or understanding of the business and potential successes or disappointments/setbacks, there could be a financial mishandling which then could lead to financial strain and cut-backs. Granted, in business nothing can be completely controlled, but if the strategy and communication is transparent from the start of the year, the company will be able to handle any setbacks and not have to lose resources. Remember, having a successful business is a team effort, ensuring everyone is moving in the same direction always helps to better achieve goals.

Management styles vary from person to culture, to size and industry. The most important aspect to remember is to figure out what management style works for your company, and find managers that fit into this mold, and can motivate and improve the work ethic and productivity of the company and the employees overall. If management is cohesive and provides a great environment for employees, the entire company will benefit and succeed.

For more interest in executive coaching, or leadership and strategic planning workshops tailored to your organization, contact BlueFire HR at snelson@bluefirehr.com , at 773-793-1362, or at 720-460-1179.

Laura Nelson, LEED GA – Business Analyst

BlueFire HR

How to Survive a Layoff

You’ve been laid-off, what now?

Have you been hearing whispers around the office? Some talk of layoffs, or reduction-in-force? Maybe your workload has lightened even though everyone around you seems busy. Or you know that the company has not been doing well this year, there were no increases or bonuses, and the financial outlook is bleak. You start to worry about your position at the company and if you need to start looking for a new job.

The time comes and unfortunately you get laid-off. You wonder, how do I survive a reduction-in-force?

First things first, take a day or two to yourself. A major life change just happened and you just lost your job. It is perfectly acceptable and even encouraged to take some time to breathe and think about where to go next. Job searching can be overwhelming, so you want to be in the best mental state before you start.

This is something that we should be doing every few months or so, but we often neglect: update your resume. Often times we get complacent in our current position, and forget to update our resumes with new skills or projects that we’ve completed/accomplished. Within the first few days of getting let go, work on your resume so that when you are ready, you can send it out to recruiters and your network, and easily apply for jobs.

Reach out to your network and recruiters. Don’t be afraid to connect with people or ask them if they are aware of any positions that may fit your qualifications. Even if people don’t have positions, there is no harm in connecting with someone in an industry that you are interested in or who has a position that you want. The more information you have, the better!

Interview. This may seem like a very logical step when you’re job searching, but sometimes people disregard interview opportunities just because they don’t want the position. If you haven’t interviewed in a while, go on as many as you can just to get back into the swing of things. Each interview will lessen your nerves and make you more confident in what you are looking for and what you can provide to a company.

Get outside at least once a day. This is a very important to physical and mental health. It is easy to job search from your home, stay on the couch all day, possibly start binge watching that show you’ve been meaning to start. But this will not help you in the long run. Getting outside even to take a walk or run an errand will take your mind off of things and get you moving. There are countless studies of how bad it is for us to be sitting throughout the entire day, so if you have extra time, take advantage of it and get your body moving.

Most importantly, don’t give up. The process of job searching after a layoff can be brutal, but everything happens for a reason. Make sure you are aware of all your options, and don’t be afraid to apply for any position. Also, don’t be too proud to accept help from those that offer it to you. Family and friends care about you and want you to succeed. If they are offering help, take them up on it. They may be able to connect you with someone who can find you your dream job.

Breathe, don’t give up and stay positive. It will all work out it the end.

If you need resume help and Linkedin Profile assistance in finding your ideal next position, don’t hesitate to contact BluefireHR at snelson@bluefirehr.com or (773)793-1326.

Laura Nelson, Leed GA – Business Analyst