In a recent study carried out at University of Warwick, UK, it was found that happier people are approximately 12% more productive at work as compared to their counterparts who are not happy. This clearly reflects that happiness is directly related to productivity and being happy at work really pays off big time!
Being the connecting link between the upper management and workers, it becomes imperative for a manager to not just be happy himself, but make sure that the team is happy as well.
This brings us to the question ‘What does it take to be a happy manager?’
After doing my bit of research, this is what i was able to figure out -
1. Leader: Although people use the terms manager and leader interchangeably, but there is a world of difference between the two. Management can be explained as the act of doing things right; on the other hand leadership is more about doing the right things. A good manager is the one who amalgamates the characteristics of a leader with his managing abilities to bring out the best results. Here is a look at how you can become a happy manager by improving your leadership skills -
- Love, learn and share – teamwork is all about sharing. And, as Napoleon Hill has put in words “You can succeed quick and best by helping others to succeed.” As a leader you must not only assign roles and let them do their thing, but at the same time share your experience, knowledge and expertise with them. In fact, you must encourage the people in your team to share their experiences with other members as well. This can help the team to learn new things, and work as an icebreaker, in case the team has been newly formed.
- Contribute equally – If your presence is not making any contribution, then your absence won’t make any difference. Teams are more effective, innovative and productive when everyone contributes equally. Being the manager of the team you need to contribute not only towards project progress, but also take care of the comfort of your team as well. Don’t forget a manager is as good as the team is, so your contribution becomes even more important. So, in order to be a happy manager you must learn to contribute effectively in team progress. Remember if everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself – Henry Ford.
2. Motivator: how many times do you step out of your home to go at work thinking I am going to have fun at work today? I suppose none. If you will start to have fun at work, then it won’t feel like work. And, this is what you should try to achieve as a manager. After all, all work and no play makes jack a dull boy. So, rather than letting your team transform into work slaves, try to incorporate something that makes it fun to work. Here is a look at what you can do -
- Refresh and Renew – incorporating some fun activities during break hour can help to rejuvenate the team. Social gathering and team outings can serve not only as icebreakers, but at the same time can help to freshen up the team after a hard week’s work. And, as the manager of the team it becomes imperative that you don’t let the work get monotonous and boring. By arranging for regular fun activities at work, you can eventually bring the best out of your team and see a sharp rise in productivity for sure.
- Eat healthy stay happy – while this might come as a surprise inclusion for all of you reading the post, a manager must never ignore the importance of a good diet. This is the reason that a happy manager should not only keep a check on his diet, but at the same time inspire the team members as well to eat healthy, live better and work better. As they say, a sound mind lives in a sound body.
3. Manager: Management is nothing more than motivating other people. This is the simplest definition of management that I have ever come across. As the title of the job goes, a manager is the person responsible for managing the workers, assigning projects to them and ensure that every step (from inception of the project till it crosses the final line) is completed in the rightful manner. Being a project manager, here are some things that can help you to become a happy project manager.
- Create Happy Workplace – while others just sit and wait for inspiration, a good project manager gets up and goes to do things the way they were never done before. It is the responsibility of the project manager to create productive workplaces where the team enjoys doing the stuff. Look at some of the big names from all across the world like Google, Facebook, Disney, Virgin and many more, one of the biggest reasons why they are so good at what they do is because they make it a point to create a happy workplace. Google took this theory to a newer level altogether by investing a lot more in employee support and employee satisfaction in recent times. The result came in the form of 37% rise in the productivity of employees afterwards.
- Productive Team means happy MANAGER – Research, facts, statistics and figures, all of these point out that productivity has a direct relation with happiness of the workers. A productive team means better results, projects being wrapped up on time and rise in the revenues. And, this is something that every manager wants to achieve. So, all in all it won’t be wrong to say that the job of a project manager is a two way barter, where the manager strives to make the employees happy at workplace. In return, the employees bring better results and make the project manager happy. As simple as that!
To sum it up, all I would like to say is that a happy manager is one who manages with “head”, “heart” and “hand”.
If you can incorporate these traits in your attitude, then I’m sure the transformation from being just any other manager to a SUPER-MANAGER will not take long to occur!