Get to know your team
If you are aware of your team member’s strengths and weaknesses, you will delegate work to the appropriate person. Get to know them in other ways, too – what they like to do, what they find exciting and challenging, who they are as people outside of the office and what their other hobbies are. The best leaders care about their staff and treat them accordingly.
Providing productive and challenging work
We all know in the Assistant role that you can’t have challenging and productive projects all day, and every day, the role also has a lot of necessary administrative tasks that we all have to do. But, with that being said, there are a whole ton of tasks and projects that Assistants can get involved in. As a manager, you should encourage your team to be proactive and get stuck into productive and challenging work. Encourage them to shine!
We all know how tough it is for Assistants to gain recognition and compensation at work. Pay rises and promotions are hard-fought. As a manager, you have to be their advocate and push for them to get the rewards they deserve. You can also give your team lots of little rewards that will make them happy. An extra-long lunch break, the chance to leave early or a thank-you cupcake for a job well one will all be appreciated. Making your team feel appreciated is half the battle for management, so make sure you celebrate every success!
Setting effective goals
Last but not least. Every member of your team should have a productive career development plan in place. Make sure they have goals that will stretch them and help them grow in their role. Put a structure in place to meet regularly and mentor them through any challenges they are facing. If you are an executive Assistant managing a team of Assistants, you really can lead by example. You know how tough the job is, and having a strategic career development plan will help them achieve so much more in the role. Assistant Managers: How to motivate your team.