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The secret to happy and effective managers

I was interested to read in HR Magazine earlier this year that happy teams start with happy managers.

The article stated that having a fully engaged and happy manager would result in a team that were themselves 50% more engaged and happy. No surprise there, but the 50-million-dollar question is, how do we make sure that managers ARE happy and engaged in the first place?

Firstly, in a workplace post covid, with managers are managing people who are working from home or working flexibly. As a result, companies need to ensure that their technology is up-to-date and that the management, at least from a technology point of view, is no more difficult than it would be if the employees were in the office. It’s not always the case that a bad workman blames his tools, if the tools aren’t up to the job then the workman can’t do his job properly!

It’s not just the physical tools that are crucial. It’s making sure that the manager is also equipped mentally to deal with his or her direct reports. It’s commonly known that there are more people not like you, than there are like you and as a result, managers are dealing with multiple personality types on a daily basis and need to adapt their managerial style accordingly.

With this in mind we have been working with behavioural changes experts t-three since 2017, in delivering effective leadership programmes for managers in the maritime sector. These programmes incorporate the personality profiling tool Facet5. Facet5 is based around 5 key elements – Will, Energy, Affection, Control and Emotionality. A score on each of these facets builds our unique personality profile and allows us to understand not only how we behave as a manager, but also how we need to adapt our managerial style to manage others and get the best out of them.

t-three have put together extensive leadership programmes for global clients in both the maritime sector, including V. Group, and non-maritime sector, including Jaguar Land Rover, Transport for London and Sainsburys.

The next programme designed exclusively for the maritime sector will launch on the 25th April 2024 and you can find out more on our website.

Article written by Helen McCaughran, Marketing & Business Development Manager, Spinnaker.

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