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How to become a great office manager?

Managing a team of people is no cakewalk. There are different kinds of people and each has their own set of ideas and opinions. The arduous task of being able to make them work in tandem for the better good of the company falls upon the manager.

Each business, whether it is a small business, startup or a larger corporation, it is different and requires different things; however, in general, an office manager is needed to ensure the highest level of efficiency. As a manager, it is your responsibility to ensure that everything is functioning smoothly. For this, you will require certain skills such as planning, analytical thinking, leadership and much more.

The kind of pressure that managers work in can sometimes become a tad bit too much. Even the most experienced professionals are known to crack under constant pressure. So, what you ideally need to do is to adopt certain techniques to make your work smoother. This will ensure that you have a clear head and a good grip on things, thus, reducing stress.

Some of the techniques that you can work on, include –

  • Set clear goals for the team

One of the best ways to inculcate a team spirit is to get people together to work for a common goal. Establish clear, achievable goals for your team; give them monthly or even weekly targets. Inspire your team to work harder. This will increase productivity in the office and even push other people to work harder.

  • Develop time management skills

As a manager, you have several things on your to-do list every day. It is essential to manage your time in the best way possible. Prioritise the tasks on your list. Do the most important things first to take the pressure off. Take shorts breaks in between to do something you like, ideally when you tick something off your to-do list. Hear a song, watch a short video or just relax. These little breaks will reenergise you for the next set of work.

  • Communicate with your team

Communicating the correct message and making sure that the message is received as intended is essential for good management. Apart from professional communication, try to be friendlier with your team members. Make sure that your team is comfortable in communicating with you. Keep yourself approachable so that they can come and talk to you whenever they face a problem.

  • Encourage creative thinking

In today’s world, only creativity and innovative thinking is what can set you apart. Encourage your team members to think out of the box and motivate those who come up with new, creative ideas. This will push the entire team to innovate and together come up with solutions faster than ever. Have a cool office vibe and try our corporate memberships and remote working options to boost efficiency and productivity for your employees.

  • Consider enrolling for management courses and workshops

Learning is a never-ending process, especially, in times like ours where new techniques and technologies come up every other day. Consider enrolling in an online course or for a workshop. Courses that teach leadership, team building, analytical thinking and management could be a good pick. Another way to continue learning new things is to turn to reading. Try and read at least a few pages each day.