What are Effective Management Strategies?

Sheri Cyprus

Effective management strategies are directly connected to efficient leadership. Management leadership means having set strategies and goals being productively achieved from top company positions to entry-level jobs. The more workers are inspired and motivated to complete their job tasks efficiently, the better the overall profit for the company. Some of the most effective workplace strategies involve information and time management as well as employee leadership.

Providing workers with feedback can increase their productivity.
Providing workers with feedback can increase their productivity.

Information management is the organization of materials such as documents and records within a business or corporation. Information technology (IT) is the use of computers in effective management strategies for producing, storing and accessing such materials. Before choosing an IT management system, company managers must decide on technology that will grow with the company rather than having to change it in a year or two. Cost-effective strategies have to play a large role in information management decisions. Effective IT management strategies also include weighing the risks before adopting an information system.

Time management consultants help individuals more efficiently manage their time and personal energies.
Time management consultants help individuals more efficiently manage their time and personal energies.

Issues concerning time management are important to most companies because only so much work can be accomplished in a day. If there are too many unproductive or poorly managed days, work quantity as well as quality can suffer. Effective management strategies for making the most of workday time are often those that are performance-based.

Project managers must have time management skills.
Project managers must have time management skills.

Setting strict penalties or rules against employee tardiness or leaving early may keep workers at their desks, but there is still no production guarantee. If employees know that their performance is being evaluated, including whether they can meet set deadlines to accomplish a certain amount of work, this management strategy tends to be more effective than just requiring "face time." Face time refers to the physical presence of employees in the work place, whereas performance reviews evaluate actual accomplishments that will affect raises, bonuses and promotions.

Since employees are motivated by pay raises, bonuses and promotions, performance-based evaluation tends to be one of the most effective management strategies. However, rather than focusing only on outward rewards that may be matched by another company and therefore result in employees leaving, creating a supportive, respectful work environment is also a very important staff management strategy. Leadership that inspires and motivates employees to achieve can keep workers satisfied and less likely to want to work elsewhere. The more companies can keep productive workers, the fewer resources they'll need to spend on rehiring and retraining new workers.

Performance-based evaluations tend to be an effective strategy.
Performance-based evaluations tend to be an effective strategy.

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Effective management also means stepping in when necessary and being willing to deal with really difficult employees.

This woman who used to work in my office was seriously paranoid, neurotic, moody, egocentric... She was impossible. She jumped me one morning (over nothing) and I'd had enough. I insisted we seen the manager and she poured out her sad little tale while I listened.

Finally, the manager turned to me and said, "What's up?"

I said, "I'm tired of walking on eggshells *all* the time. I've had it. Move me or move her. Doesn't matter. I can't tell her anything. She's already made up her mind and tells me she doesn't want to hear it. So move me or move her. I don't care. I cannot be in her vicinity anymore."

He made the decision to move her to another desk. She vigorously protested about all her years of experience, but I had the years of seniority with the company. But, because he was willing to make a decision, he kept me as an employee. She left soon after, but she had been talking about leaving, anyway. No one misses her.


Unless you're managing a fast food place with a crowd of irresponsible teenagers, treat your employees like responsible adults. Respect them. That's the key to effective management: respect.

Managers who watch the clock on their employees all the time get frustrated, paranoid employees. Having a more tolerant attitude about time will encourage your employees. Most of them will be on time, and they will call if they aren't. Life happens. People get caught in traffic, cars break down, etc. Browbeating a dependable employee who is five minutes late one time is a recipe for high turnover. No one wants to be in that kind of situation. A manager who respects employees as adults will almost always have a happier, more productive staff.

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