Good managers are those managers who follow the conventional rules and approaches. Great managers on the other hand, are the those who dare to break the conventional rules and go beyond the established norms. There are so many managers who are praised for the excellent job that they do, however, just a tiny portion of them get the title of “the best boss ever” by their employees.  This title in itself is a very big statement which sets the goal for all managers to be seen as the best one by their employees. Below are some guidelines which will help differentiating great managers from the average ones:

The Hiring Process

During the hiring process, good managers will tend to mainly analyze the applicants’ educational background, work experience and test their intelligence. On the other side, great managers have an eye for talent. They would rather hire a talented individual than an overly-qualified individual. In this statement, talent refers to the applicants’ desire to achieve their goals and grow from their daily experiences, their ability to stay motivated and apply theories to real-life situations, to showcase their problem-solving abilities and their ability to show empathy, to persuade, to be attentive and portray emotional intelligence.The hiring procedures involving behavioral interviews and realistic tests of great managers have proven to be more effective and are highly recommended.

Expectations and Outcomes

Great managers assist and advise their employees on how to set their individual aims and objectives which are at the same time parallel to the requirements of the organisation. They help their employees to design a plan to meet expected outcomes and paint an image of how the successful completion of their goals will look like.

They certainly provide individual help but do not constantly pester their employees to get the jobs done. By giving their employees their freedom and trusting them to do the expected tasks, great managers aim at increasing productivity and increasing job satisfaction for their employees.

Emphasis on Employees’ Strengths

Great managers acknowledge that each staff member has their unique set of skills and strengths. They therefore encourage employees to focus on their own strengths, rather than struggling with their weaknesses in order to be more comfortable in their workspace and grow from learning ever more about their individual capabilities. Allowing the employees to do so help them to increase productivity and eliminate the risk of boredom and stress in the workplace. Great managers also provide training for struggling employees and help them be on the same page with their weaknesses.

Right Job for the Right Person

A great manager has the aim of helping each employee to improve their performance by recognizing that this will in turn lead to a boost in the company’s performance. To make this happen, the manager identifies the best possible role for each employee that he hires. He also has to observe his employees and determine what growth signifies for them in order to use this in the best interest of both his staff and his organization. For some employees, growth may signify an increase in the salary, for others it may signify a higher position in the company, etc. This information helps great managers to implement a reward system which will encourage each employee to work harder to achieve their individual goals.

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