While there are plenty of books, manuals, and websites out there claiming they can teach individuals how to be a good manager, there really is no perfect way to do it. Ideally, a manager will have experience in the field they are overseeing and the education necessary to handle most of what is thrown at them.
While experience and guile and are great characteristics to get a new manager started, there are many other factors to being a good leader. One of those things is being able to spot trends within their industry and business in general.
A career listing site called Flex Jobs did a study at the end of 2017 showing that there were approximately 3.9 million workers in the United States who worked remotely at least half time. This was an increase of 115% from the year 2005. Telecommuting is rapidly becoming more common for both small and large business.
This management trend is beneficial to both companies and families as it reduces commuting costs and can have a positive impact on a businesss carbon footprint. Evolving technologies, like Team weeks project management software, are also making it easier for these companies to communicate and collaborate with their remote workers.
2. Video Marketing
Gary Vaynerchuk, who has developed multiple online companies and made a name for himself as a social influencer, has said on multiple occasions that the single most important strategy in content marketing today is video. As far as management trends go, video marketing is potentially the most important to incorporate in 2019.
There are more than 55% of people watching at least one marketing video every day, giving it a higher return on investment than every other form of advertising. Whether using live video features on your social media channels or sharing promotional videos on your website, these clips boost engagement and attract more traffic.
3. Self-directed learning
Rather than traditional, long, boring employee-education sessions, the modern workplace should be gearing up to integrate more personalized, self-directed, and targeted learning platforms.
To keep up with a fast-paced workplace, employees need always to update their skills. As Cariss comments: Small bursts of micro-learning will be reinforced through repetition in future lessons and tasks, as well as shared through social networking platforms. She also highlights the possibilities for user-feedback and user-generated content to spread organically throughout a workplace to maximize impact, as fellow employees use digital and social-networking tools to share more frequently the methods of learning that are most effective for them.
4. Artificial Intelligence
AI is being used more and more to improve the overall customer experience. Many call centers are incorporating artificial answering services with the ability to help customers with most of their issues or questions.
Some of these technologies are even able to learn and adapt to specific scenarios without the need for human improvement. These artificial intelligence tools are available now to improve many facets of life for both business and consumer.
5. Team Brand Ambassadors
Influencer marketing is becoming more popular and useful every year. While hiring an influencer to promote your brand or product has its benefits, some managers are finding ways to use resources they already have at their disposal: employees. Who better to boost and advocate for a brand than its own employees? Inviting them to share info and promotional material on their personal social media profiles can be free, but effective, PR for the company.
The customer is always right phrase has been a topic of debate for many years now. Whether you believe this or not, one thing everyone can agree on is that its important to determine what the customer truly wants.
With a vast array of analytical tools available to determine this, theres no reason why companies shouldnt be learning exactly how to meet their customers wants and needs. Once this information is reported and available, its even more important to take action.
7. Work-Life Balance
This is beginning to mean something different than it has in years past. Though it does include vacation and other time off, many companies are finding ways to improve their employees work-life balance even when they are on the clock.
For some this may mean the opportunity to work from home, while others may simply want activities to do during their break while at the office. Whatever this entails for a business, it is important to recognize the need to improve work schedules and find other ways prevent employee burnout.
Due to many of the management trends above, the need for continuing education is becoming a must for just about every industry. We live in an ever-changing world, meaning that what works today may not work as well tomorrow.
As technology like AI and other improvements are integrated into your companys mainframe, employees will need to learn how to adapt to the changes. This provides opportunities for both internal experts and outside consultants to offer training on these advancements.
9. Training Millennials
The American Society for Training and Development estimates that by 2020 about half (46%) of the workers in the United States will be millennials. As the oldest individuals in this group have reached 35 years old, more of them are becoming managers and leaders within their organizations.
This means it is time to develop training strategies to ensure these millennials are prepared for the responsibility. As the next generation of employees (Gen Z) begin to enter the workforce, millennials will need to be ready and able to manage them.
10. Gamifying Management
So, how does it work? Glad you asked. Gamification uses triggers to motivate employees to deliver their best performance. Many gamification programs can also be loyalty programs in disguise, complete with chart scores, leaderboards, and achievement badges. The gamification system creates a fun and thriving environment that enables employees to address challenges with fervor. It also reinforces the concepts of team management and synergy.
11.Hiring on attitudes and behaviors rather than qualifications
The competency-based interview became the norm in the 2000s and its domination has continued until today for most organizations.Although several voices are speaking out about the value of hiring on soft skills, attitudes and behaviors; while teaching the technical skills needed for the job later, the competency approach remains pervasive.
After looking at this topic over the past few years the landscape is certainly changing, and more companies (including the one I am working for presently) have a real focus on making sure they attract, hire and retain people who get their business, their company culture, their ethos and their values.
For many, this is something that may seem out of reach, immeasurable or difficult to achieve in a consistent way.The real fiction is believing that implementing such a consistent process is too difficult.The reality is, we already do many good things and perhaps need to think about them differently;