Managers – The 5 Managerial Dilemmas

managerial dilemmasThe Wall Street Journal Blog put together a list of five problems managers face – these are common dilemmas that manager category personnel in the workplace routinely face, which they have to be adept at handling. Here are some of the common problems managers face, and their solutions –

1. Poor people skills

One of the main functions of a manager is to lead, by communicating with higher ups and motivating subordinates; both of which require good people skills and can be difficult if one is basically an introvert.

One solution could be to interact more with one’s team, if possible in informal settings such as a weekly coffee or lunch. Here personal views can be shared and possible solutions discussed.

Make use of workplace programs relating to mentoring or coaching people for requisite skills, to help the situation. You don’t have to become anyone’s best friend, but keep channels of communication open at all times.

2. Decision making

This is another challenge that managers typically face: the decisions they make impact their whole team and so have to be made with due care. If decision making is a difficult task, observe the way that superiors in the organization operate and whenever required ask for specific guidance from a boss or a higher up in the organization.

Also involve team members in the process of decision making – not only does this help, it also sends out the message that contribution is valuable and welcome. Self help books or courses on developing leadership skills can also help.

3. Career fatigue

At some point in one’s career one may feel like one is stagnating and ennui can set in. at this time, it may be a good idea to show some initiative and opt for greater responsibility to counter this feeling of same-old-same-old. Consider relocation to another department within the organization which will offer new challenges. Consider learning new skills that will help you diversify within the organisation or which will help you tackle new and more varied challenges.

4. Jumping ship
Better pay can be an attractive inducement for a manager to leave one organization in favor of another for better pay and perks. So does it make sense to change jobs as soon as a better prospect comes along? Experts warn against job hopping, which can look bad on your resume; and which may show you in poor light as being money-hungry.

It makes more sense to look for advancement within the organization first and make as much progress as possible by improving oneself and learning more. The organization may then reward you with a better pay packet and if you still think that you are not getting your just due, then it may make sense to look elsewhere.

5. Unmet expectations

Expectations such as salary hikes, promotions may not be forthcoming sometimes leading to doubt and dissatisfaction. Evaluate your performance honestly to see if you have met expectations and if required have a frank conversation with a superior. If in spite of this you feel stymied in the organization, then perhaps it is time to move to other pastures.



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