Add news
March 2010 April 2010 May 2010 June 2010 July 2010
August 2010
September 2010 October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011 March 2011 April 2011 May 2011 June 2011 July 2011 August 2011 September 2011 October 2011 November 2011 December 2011 January 2012 February 2012 March 2012 April 2012 May 2012 June 2012 July 2012 August 2012 September 2012 October 2012 November 2012 December 2012 January 2013 February 2013 March 2013 April 2013 May 2013 June 2013 July 2013 August 2013 September 2013 October 2013 November 2013 December 2013 January 2014 February 2014 March 2014 April 2014 May 2014 June 2014 July 2014 August 2014 September 2014 October 2014 November 2014 December 2014 January 2015 February 2015 March 2015 April 2015 May 2015 June 2015 July 2015 August 2015 September 2015 October 2015 November 2015 December 2015 January 2016 February 2016 March 2016 April 2016 May 2016 June 2016 July 2016 August 2016 September 2016 October 2016 November 2016 December 2016 January 2017 February 2017 March 2017 April 2017 May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 August 2017 September 2017 October 2017 November 2017 December 2017 January 2018 February 2018 March 2018 April 2018 May 2018 June 2018 July 2018 August 2018 September 2018 October 2018 November 2018 December 2018 January 2019 February 2019 March 2019 April 2019 May 2019 June 2019 July 2019 August 2019 September 2019 October 2019 November 2019 December 2019 January 2020 February 2020 March 2020 April 2020 May 2020 June 2020 July 2020 August 2020 September 2020 October 2020 November 2020 December 2020 January 2021 February 2021 March 2021 April 2021 May 2021 June 2021 July 2021 August 2021 September 2021 October 2021 November 2021 December 2021 January 2022 February 2022 March 2022 April 2022 May 2022 June 2022 July 2022 August 2022 September 2022 October 2022 November 2022 December 2022 January 2023 February 2023 March 2023 April 2023 May 2023 June 2023 July 2023 August 2023 September 2023 October 2023 November 2023 December 2023 January 2024 February 2024 March 2024 April 2024 May 2024 June 2024
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
News Every Day |

The crucial skills for middle managers to survive the 'great unbossing'

A smiling young manager in the office.
A young manager in the office (stock photo).
  • Companies are axing middle management positions, but this may be short-sighted. 
  • Middle managers provide mentorship and support to junior employees, and soft skills are key.
  • A manager shouldn't be let go just because they have a "faulty toolbox."

Middle managers have been the punching bag of the workplace for some time, with employees increasingly seeing their direct superiors as meddlesome, obsolete, and taking credit for their work.

But it shouldn't be a matter of axing middle management entirely, Koma Gandy, the VP of business and leadership at the corporate training platform Skillsoft, told Business Insider.

Rather, we need to remember what makes a middle manager valuable.

The answer, Gandy said, lies in developing better soft "power" skills.

With improved communication and listening, more empathy, and emotional intelligence, middle managers could save themselves from the "great unbossing," Gandy said.

But that requires leaders to take note and start investing in managers to help them nurture these skills as well.

"I would say, why don't we lean into that cohort rather than thinking about how can we eliminate that cohort?" Gandy said.

The attack on middle managers

Companies have been axing middle management positions as a way to cut costs.

Their reduction has also been in response to Gen Z's distaste for management and how office culture has shifted with remote working.

Proponents of "unbossing" believe it could make Gen Zers who are entering the workforce better at their jobs by giving them more autonomy.

But this is short-sighted, Gandy said.

For starters, middle managers provide mentorship to junior employees and graduate staffers.

Zoomers entering the workforce prioritize their own mental health and work-life balance, and a good manager is someone who also makes these things a primary concern, Gandy argued.

"Some of the things that Gen Z is demanding from the workplace can be uniquely facilitated by the very people that the trend is trying to eliminate, which are these middle managers," Gandy said.

A lack of training

Good middle managers need training and guidance, which is severely lacking in current workplaces, Gandy said.

Many people, a few years into their careers, will fall into management positions almost by default. They are often expected to know how to effectively do the job without much support.

"It's just congratulations and good luck," Gandy said. "But wait, aren't you going to teach me how to lead a meeting? Aren't you going to teach me how to communicate to a team?"

Key skills for managers to develop include active listening and effective communication, which makes their employees feel valued, that their work matters, and that they are being recognized as whole human beings.

If somebody on the team is underperforming, for example, it could be for a myriad of reasons — something is going on at home, they're feeling unsure about what their job is, or where they fit into the company.

"If you don't build up that emotional intelligence to be able to tease out what's happening in that person's environment, you're never going to unlock and unleash the potential that they can bring to their teams," Gandy said.

A team that has a manager who has developed strong soft skills, "then you're going to see ripple effects throughout the organization," Gandy said.

A faulty toolbox

But when these skills are underdeveloped, "it creates a lot of mistrust" among team members, Gandy said.

"Nobody wants to be micromanaged. Nobody wants to have somebody sitting over their shoulder," she said.

Micromanaging often doesn't happen in a vacuum. It may be that a manager doesn't know any different, Gandy said, because that's how they were managed when they were more junior.

This manager shouldn't be let go, Gandy said, just because they have a "faulty toolbox." No manager comes to work striving to underperform or wanting their team to feel devalued and burned out, she said.

"That's a training deficiency. That is a behavior that can be changed," she said.

"If you're not supporting and nurturing them and giving them the tools to develop themselves, then, of course, it might seem attractive to eliminate that cohort."

Middle managers are easy to pick on, Gandy said, but it'll be a lot more cost-effective in the long run for companies to invest in training them in these skills.

"I really think it's a matter of, how do we intentionally develop and expose middle managers to the types of skills and the type of training that they need to be successful," she said. "Rather than throwing that entire cohort away to the detriment of an organization."

Read the original article on Business Insider

Sophie Turner Keeps it Glam While Attending Grand Opening of Peninsula London

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan shuts down Saudi agreement rumors: “complex scenario”

Anthony Joshua-Daniel Dubois: Two-Weight World Champion Has No Doubt Who Hits Harder

Frustrated England stars including Kane and Bellingham consoled by Wags and family in stands after tame Denmark draw

Ria.city






Read also

Major bargain chain with over 850 branches abruptly closes store as shoppers cry ‘I’ll be lost without it’

Minooka pushes back on massive rail project it says will flood village with truck traffic

Tottenham tipped to display financial muscle by agreeing a deal for England attacker

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on Today24.pro

News Every Day

Sophie Turner Keeps it Glam While Attending Grand Opening of Peninsula London

Today24.pro — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here


News Every Day

Bradley Wiggins accused of ‘trashing’ posh VW campervan as pals say bankrupt cyclist has sold his medals and shirts



Sports today


Новости тенниса
ATP

«Ну и где здесь «группа смерти?» ATP показала, каким был бы Евро-2024 с теннисистами



Спорт в России и мире
Москва

Резидент «Инсайт Люди» Дмитрий Зубов установил мировой рекорд по чеканке мяча



All sports news today





Sports in Russia today

Москва

В Лужниках состоялась церемония открытия Всероссийской Спартакиады Специальной Олимпиады


Новости России

Game News

Гайд по Earn to Die Rogue: мифические предметы, билды и режимы


Russian.city


Москва

Зачем Марина Александрова уехала из Москвы в сибирскую глушь


Губернаторы России
Бато Багдаев

Театр и Цирк, Культура и Концерт, Россия и Дети: Учащиеся Гурульбинской школы восхитились мастерством жонглирования, игрой с хула-хупами, иллюзионистами цирка Бурятии


Психолог Ольга Романив: как научиться расслабляться на отдыхе и не думать о работе

Более 40 новых автобусов закупят в «Мострансавто» Мытищ до конца года

Канадский министр Леблан: Оттава признала КСИР террористической организацией

Проект Детского радио – победитель второго грантового конкурса Президентского фонда культурных инициатив


«Он приехал за мной в клуб. И всё, с этого момента мы начали жить вместе». Оксана Самойлова рассказала о знакомстве с Джиганом в эфире «Шоу Воли» на ТНТ  

Память Жанны Фриске почтили посмертной наградой и ее песней на музыкальной премии

Театр и Цирк, Культура и Концерт, Россия и Дети: «Волшебные башмачки Элли» - эта постановка создана по мотивам знаменитой сказки Александра Волкова «Волшебник Изумрудного города»

"Звездач": певец Александр Розенбаум проиграл суды на 386 тыс. рублей


Самсонова выиграла турнир WTA в Хертогенбосхе

Людмила Самсонова не отдала голландскую траву // Она продолжила серию российских побед на теннисном турнире в Хертогенбосе

Саснович победила на старте квалификации турнира WTA-500 в Берлине

Теннисисты Рублев, Хачанов и Самсонова не сыграют на Олимпиаде-2024



Филиал № 4 ОСФР по Москве и Московской области информирует: Отделение СФР по Москве и Московской области выплатило единовременное пособие при передаче ребенка на воспитание в семью 474 семьям региона

В России запустили бесплатного цифрового ЗОЖ-помощника

Галина Ржаксенская впервые стала участником ПМЭФ в Санкт-Петербурге

СЕНСАЦИОННЫЙ ДОКЛАД ПРО ДЕЛО СКРИПАЛЕЙ, САФРОНОВА, ГОЛУНОВА.


В Пулково задерживаются шесть рейсов

РБК: в Москве из-за случаев ботулизма приостановили продажу некоторых продуктов

Аксенов жестко выказался

В рейтинге развития Тамбовская область за 2023 год опустилась на три места


Источник 360.ru: ужа нашли в салоне Nissan после автосервиса

В Москве на Поклонной горе состоялось финальное мероприятие акции "Сад памяти"

Воздушный шар с пассажирами застрял из-за ветра между скал в Каппадокии

Семьи из Минераловодского округа вышли в финал всероссийского конкурса



Путин в России и мире






Персональные новости Russian.city
Джиган

Джиган о «Выжить в Дубае»: «Понимал, приеду — буду жрать тараканов, а у меня диета. Опять стану жирным!»



News Every Day

Sophie Turner Keeps it Glam While Attending Grand Opening of Peninsula London




Friends of Today24

Музыкальные новости

Персональные новости