Recently, a few members of our Chicago PR team participated in a National Seminars
Training workshop called, “How to Successfully Make the Transition to Supervisor,” where we got an introduction on navigating the world of management. The day-long seminar offered great insight on how to build rapport with colleagues, encourage employees to take initiative and key habits that define every great manager.
- Be a guide on the side – avoid micro-managing and allow colleagues enough space to tackle a project and learn from their experience.
- Create connections, not commands – walk around the office without an agenda. Make conversation, don’t just check on assignments. This is essential to building strong working relationships.
- Consult, don’t confront – always encourage employees to solve issues with other colleagues before seeking management for a solution. This insinuates that they should have an active role in finding a solution and resolving the problem.
- Seek input from others, maintain confidences and celebrate others’ success.
A interesting portion of the seminar discussed the most effective approaches for managing Millennials and Generation Z, who will soon be entering the workforce. For instance, Millennials want frequent feedback and are used to working in teams, preferring collaborative work, when possible. On the other hand, Generation Z are very entrepreneurial and have lived most of their lives on social media, and are likely more interested in working independently.