I work in different capacities as a freelance filmmaker and when I take on an assistant director position, I am tasked with coordinating the heads of the props, camera, grip and electric, stunt, and hair and makeup departments. I have to ensure that these department heads are working in harmony in order to keep the production moving forward in a smooth and timely manner. Managing these workers who have multiple workers under them can be an arduous task but from these undertakings I have learned three tips that every boss needs in order to be a successful manager.
Open Line of Communication
There is nothing more frustrating for a worker than when he or she feels like they cannot openly discuss work issues with their boss or that their boss does not have time for them or chooses not to listen to them. Always ensure that your employees know that they can come to you with work-related concerns and that you will at least take time to hear them out. A boss who truly engages his or her employees is capable of building trust, improving workplace morale, and creating a culture of teamwork.
Fall on the Sword
Don’t be afraid to admit when you make a mistake. You are not infallible. Admitting to an error is not a sign of weakness, but rather a display of strength. If you mess up, don’t be afraid to admit it in front of your workers. They will respect you, as opposed to the culture of disdain and distrust that is associated with managers and bosses who never admit their mistakes and instead blame their subordinates for their own flaws. Everyone makes mistakes so make sure that you instill a culture of openness, accountability, and trust by handling your mistakes wisely and responsibly.
Treat Workers Fairly, Not Equally
Not every employee is equal and not every position is equal so handle different workplace issues accordingly. Once you have open lines of communication and have shown your employees that you are willing to take blame for your own shortcomings, this last pro tip becomes a natural extension of the first two tips for being an effective manager. You should know your employees’ strengths and weaknesses and should be able to manage them effectively and fairly. Knowing their behavior and workplace habits will help guide you to being an ethical boss that earns the respect of your employees.
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