Holiday movies are about as unavoidable this time of year as recycled fruitcake and awkward family photos, and it’s far too easy to get sucked into a holiday movie-watching marathon; however, there’s no reason you can’t learn a little something while enjoying your favorite seasonal films, too. After all, many of these holiday movies actually hold lessons for managers. Or, more specifically, lessons for managers on how not to manage employees.
From Murder, She Wrote to any number of Law & Order iterations, the supply of television detective shows is never in short order, though it’s not hard to see why: America loves its fictional detectives. Though these characters may be quirky in their own right, there is something undeniably relatable about them.
They even hold some surprising lessons for managers when it comes to leading a team of employees.
Picture this: You’re managing a team of eight, and each one of them is working on multiple projects. As their leader, you’re challenged with not only ensuring the completion and quality of their work, but completing your own separate to-do list. So how can you possibly find the time to accomplish everything you need to do?
Time management is something with which we all struggle, especially when we’re constantly juggling multiple projects.
Right now, students everywhere are returning to school with renewed energy and curiosity; however, they’re not the only ones with the opportunity to begin anew. The start of a new season marks the perfect time to think about revitalizing your recruitment strategy with the following “back to school” tips:
Ensure you have the proper supplies. Every student needs fresh supplies to equip themselves for the coming school year, such as notebooks, textbooks and laptops.
Chances are, if the candidate is talented and personable, with all the right skills for your industry, they’re very much in demand. How can you ensure you’re the one they choose?
Securing the Perfect Candidate
Move quickly: In today’s job market, there’s a wealth of qualified candidates eagerly applying for open positions.
In a typical football game, each team has 11 players on the field and at least 50 more suited up on the sidelines. That’s a lot of people to manage! The players all need to have highly developed specialties, and football coaches are always on the lookout for athletes who can fill these roles perfectly.
When you’re hiring, experience is very important.
Many companies are making great strides in social media recruiting. This is good – social media is an excellent place to find passive and active candidates, and connect with them on a more personal level.
In addition to talking on social media, are you listening? Listening is a key strategy for engaging with individuals on social media. In order to maximize the benefit, you should follow these steps to listen efficiently.
- Comb through reviews on social media and job feedback sites. In addition to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, sites like Jobitorial (formerly Jobvent) and Glassdoor can help you figure out if your employment branding strategies are working. Jobitorial and Glassdoor feature anonymous reviews of your company from employees and potential employees. Jobitorial offers employee perspectives, and Glassdoor gets further in-depth by including salary information, interview feedback and more. Both sites offer rankings one through five.
- Look for negative and positive patterns. Do employees consistently feel that the benefits are great? Do they think the interview process was lengthy and cumbersome? Are the salaries fair? Track these patterns and make adjustments internally, if needed and feasible. To be even more strategic, check in on specific dates and update your spreadsheet or tracking document to see how things have changed.
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