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Software and Management Techniques For Your Business

Software and Management Techniques For Your Business

In the modern business world, more companies than ever need to use a variety of management and software techniques in order for the day-to-day activities to run as smoothly as possible. Whether it involves computerized payroll systems, tracking employee attendance or helping employees learn new skills and gain promotions, management has a responsibility to implement numerous techniques to create an efficient workplace. To make these decisions as easy as possible, here are some of the best software and management techniques used to guide some of today’s most successful businesses.

Workforce Development

While this applies to employees who have been with a company for years, it is also very important to use these techniques with new employees. For example, clear and concise job descriptions should be available for new employees, helping them to understand their responsibilities from their very first day. Also, weekly meetings and annual performance reviews can help answer any questions employees may have, as well as let management provide assistance in helping employees with new training programs. Asking management for help with new training initiatives is where the key to success lies. Learning about your responsibilities as an employee is one way to help develop yourself as a part of the workforce.

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Attendance Tracking Software

Especially useful in larger companies, attendance tracking software is the wave of the future. Along with virtually eliminating the possibility of employees clocking out for one another, attendance tracking software can also help human resource managers with scheduling paid time off and creating reports for upper-level management. Tracking hours and making sure tasks get done when they need to is an incredibly important part of running a business. This is also especially important if you don’t want to pay overtime wages, or conversely, if your company is offering overtime, you will need to be able to track all those hours so that your employees are being paid correctly.

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Growth Management

For many managers who have earned an MBA online, they will realize the important role growth management plays in a company’s success. Most programs require GMAT testing, however an MBA online without GMAT testing would make the degree more accessible. Taking online classes makes it easier to manage your business while going to school. By using such management techniques as assessing the competition, projecting changes in key markets and evaluating sales data, management can develop many new ideas of how to increase revenue, create additional jobs and establish new locations. Enabling your business to grow when the conditions are right can help expand your customer base by reaching out to those that aren’t as familiar with your company as others might be.

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Payroll Systems

If there is one issue within many companies that always seems to have one problem after another, it’s payroll. However, for companies that convert to automated payroll systems, many problems tend to disappear. For example, employees will be guaranteed easy, secure access to their information, allowing them to view direct deposits, tax deductions and other information. In addition, most payroll systems now send email reminders to employees when important deadlines are approaching, ensuring there are as few complications as possible. Streamlining payroll and attendance together can help save headaches and future complications. Be sure you’re using the most up-to-date program available for this aspect of your business.

As more and more companies choose to implement these techniques into the workplace, the result will be fewer problems and misunderstandings with employees. Whether it’s increasing company revenue or helping employees gain the training needed for a promotion, these software and management techniques will help pave the way to a successful future.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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