People Management in the office these are tips you need to know.
It Takes Time
- It may take a few months to several years to build your brand in the organization. But once you are viewed as a smart, hardworking employee, you can be more comfortable discussing your other priorities.
- As you grow in the organization, it is extremely likely that your responsibilities would also grow. This could translate into stretched hours, extensive travel etc.
- But given that your manager and the team are now familiar with your work, you could have a fair and open discussion with them on your needs. Explore options which could work out beneficially for you and the organization – If you can avoid travel, propose alternates that might work – video conferencing, virtual meetings etc.
- This could be a viable cost-saving option that your manager may endorse too! If you trust someone in your team to work on your behalf, nominate them for projects that do not necessarily need your direct involvement.
- By doing so, you are not only delegating work to free some of your time, but you are also giving opportunities to your team members to help their career.
- If people management is becoming too stressful, and you were happier in an individual contributor role, understand what your organization’s policy is in this regard, and let your manager know.
- Many companies, especially in the technology sector, now have people management and individual contributor career paths.
- Manage your time effectively. Prioritize meetings – check out the agenda and ask to clearly understand your role in it. Plan and diplomatically avoid meetings which only seem to suck the time out of your day; often many discussions can be closed over an email.
- If you are in a senior position and are eligible to have administrative support, invest your time in hiring the right assistant for you. A great assistant takes a whole lot of administrative activities off your plate and helps you manage your time by clearly organising your day by your priorities.
Willing to Stretch
- If you are still relatively junior and are in good stead with your manager, reassure him/her that you will be able to deliver on your goals even if you leave on time; that you are willing to stretch when the situation demands it, but would prefer a fixed schedule on an ongoing basis.
Ref: Business Insider