With such a competitive job market, it’s important to find incentives at work that will keep your employees happy. One of the top reasons an employee will stay at their current place of employment, is that they like the people they work with. As someone who will, ideally, be involved a great deal in their workday, it is important that you take a step towards becoming one of the reasons your employee wishes to stay with your company.
You want those whom you manage to like you, but you still have to be an effective manager. One of the most valuable pieces of information I can give you on being an effective, and likable, manager is that it is completely impossible to manage people. Instead you need to learn how to manage individuals. Everyone is different and will benefit from different styles of management.

“Always think about the individual concerned and how things can be arranged to help that individual experience success.” – Marcus Buckingham
Instead of managing individuals the way you think is best, manage them the way they want to be managed. The only way to find out how they would like to be managed is to ask.

·       How do you prefer to be managed?
·       What types of management do you find annoying?
·       What can I do to help you succeed?

Not only will these questions help you to manage that individual more efficiently, it will also show that you listen to your employees and believe that their opinions are valuable. As a leader you are there to serve your team and by managing individuals, instead of people, you are providing a great service to each and every one of them.

When you’re evaluating an employee’s performance, be sure to evaluate yourself as well. How well did YOU help that individual grow and succeed?