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Workforce Management

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

For years the opposing characteristics in managers have left a dividing line between those who run a tight ship and those who make their employees feel miserable in the line of work. During the past couple of years with technology becoming more advanced it has become easier to get in contact with co-workers and colleagues in a business environment. It is now difficult to distinguish proper management of a workforce when the communication between the two forces has increased greatly. The question that remains is should an individual with a seat of power over his workers run a tight ship or cut them some slack every once in a while? Recent surveys have shown that it is now more acceptable to instead text in sick rather than actually calling in. Although this may not seem like a big deal, it breaks the barrier in a personal sense where both parties are communicating on a personal phone which leaves the air open for more personal matters to be brought up. A manager must make tough decisions between workers that are well mannered and willing to learn or those that are already accustomed to the field of work but are difficult to collaborate with. Many circumstances come into consideration when interacting in the office such as personality types which can bring a team together or farther apart. An example would be a person who has a personality which includes a higher level of detail and loyalty which will trump an individual who is overly anxious as well as unable to pay attention to details. The manager must first make decisions when surrounding himself with workers by deciding if their personalities and habits are a compatible recipe for producing successful results. Lower ranking positions such as working at fast food restaurants always have a flowing stream of back talking teenagers walking in as opposed to the corporate business who keeps their carefully screened candidates for many loyal years. Today it is crucial that when running a business you screen your potential candidates with personality tests in order to determine if they are best suited for your needs or positions.