Make us your home page
Instagram

Training for middle managers is an investment in the future

Offering workshops and seminars for middle managers is a gift you can give employees now that could pay off big in the new year and beyond.

iStockphoto.com

Offering workshops and seminars for middle managers is a gift you can give employees now that could pay off big in the new year and beyond.

Why not give your middle managers an early New Year's present? Set up some training, counseling and career goal-setting sessions for them. The result will could be a better bottom line for your company and you could avoid a mass exodus of this valuable employee group when the recession eases.

Middle managers are an endangered species, according to several business research organizations, including IR Information Research. As far back as 2007 they were predicting problems based on situations middle managers were facing in municipalities.

Since then the recession, cost-cutting and downsizing have eliminated many middle management positions nationwide. Those who still have jobs are caught in a catch-22 of demands from leadership, requests from employees, fewer resources, less time and more work for the same pay.

With all these stressors, middle managers may be the first of your employees to head out the door once jobs open up again. With them they'll carry critical intellectual information, strategic expertise and years of experience.

Another issue is the lack of preparation many middle managers were given before being promoted. A person can be a good accountant, engineer, nurse or teacher, but without specific training and support, becoming a manager can present some steep challenges.

Once thought of as merely information transmitters between top management and the line employees, middle managers are capable of much more and often perform at a higher level. Good ones set strategies to implement business directives sent down from above. They keep their organizations running smoothly, manage their employees well, act as innovators and make daily operational and tactical decisions that affect their group's production.

How to retain your middle managers, gain their loyalty

Here are some "gifts" you can bestow on this beleaguered group now. They could pay off big in 2011 and beyond.

Training. Often middle managers are afraid to admit they don't have the skills they need. They think that admitting a need for training equals weakness and may put their position in jeopardy. Take the spotlight off individual managers by offering a workshop for all of them focusing on the main skills middle managers need: listening, goal-setting, constructive criticism, empathy, motivation, self-awareness and time management, to name just a few.

Counseling. Set up individual counseling sessions with your middle managers and their bosses. These may be facilitated by your human resources team. Rather than a list of criticisms, present solid strategies to help each one better manage himself/herself and their team.

Encouragement. Encourage your middle managers to take charge of their own career growth. Give them options on mentor training, workshops, seminars and college classes they can take to improve their style, skills and effectiveness.

Marie Stempinski is founder and president of Strategic Communication in St. Petersburg. She specializes in public relations, marketing, business trends and employee motivation consulting. She can be reached at [email protected]

Training for middle managers is an investment in the future 12/19/10 [Last modified: Sunday, December 19, 2010 3:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Moffitt CEO Alan List, new chair of Tampa Hillsborough EDC, outlines goals for 2018

    Economic Development

    Moffitt Cancer Center CEO Alan List was officially elected the 2018 chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. at the EDC's annual meeting held Tuesday night at the Amalie Arena. He endorsed a stronger pursuit of life science business for the region and praised ongoing efforts to raise the national …

    Dr. Alan F. List, CEO of Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center, now wears an economic development hat as the 2018 chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. [Special to the Times]
  2. Demolition begins on wing of Channelside Bay Plaza, making way for Water Street Tampa (w/video)

    Business

    TAMPA — The original developers of Channelside Bay Plaza at first wanted the name of the complex to include the word "Garrison." That would have fit, because the center turned out to be fort-like, inwardly focused and unwelcoming.

    A pedestrian bridge in the southwest wing of Channelside Bay Plaza was demolished in Tampa on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. [Gabriella Angotti-Jones  | Times]
  3. Sunday Supper returns with 25 chefs, food fests galore

    Food & Dining

    Save the date: SUNDAY SUPPER

    This just might be the dinner of the year. The Bern's family of restaurants has organized a James Beard Foundation fundraiser to fund the Bern Laxer Memorial Scholarship for culinary students in the state of Florida for a number of years. But this week they announced the …

    Bern’s Steak House located at 1208 S Howard Ave, Tampa on Wednesday 2/19014
  4. Locale Market changes yet again, rebranding the restaurant as FarmTable Cucina

    Food & Dining

    When Locale Market opened in Sundial St. Pete in Dec. 2014, it was the most-hyped, most-anticipated gourmet market/food hall/culinary playground Tampa Bay had ever seen. Since then, celebrity chef-owner Michael Mina has done what every entrepreneur does in the face of challenges: tinker.

    Chef Michael Mina and chef Jeffrey Hileman work in the kitchen at Farmtable Kitchen in 2016. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times
  5. U.S. home construction tumbles 4.7 percent in September

    Working Life

    WASHINGTON — Construction of new homes fell 4.7 percent in September, the biggest decline in six months, reflecting weakness in both single-family activity and apartment building.

    Construction of new homes fell 4.7 percent in September, the biggest decline in six months, reflecting weakness in both single-family activity and apartment building.  [Associated Press file photo]