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Employee Management

Discussion in 'Picture Framing Business Issues' started by shayla, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    Another framer mentioned that he hadn't been trained in employee management, and so was working seven days a week. I sure do feel his question. As someone who deals with low energy, ADD and some executive dysfunction, I have a hard enough time getting my work done, let alone riding herd on others. Have trained lots of helpers over the years, but being a boss is definitely different.

    This has been suggested as a thread topic, so here's a spot to chat.
     
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  2. i-FRAMER

    i-FRAMER MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Do you have a shop operations manual?
    Position descriptions for each employee?
    If not then it means they will also be running around in circles trying to do everything at once and not sure where there up to.

    I know from experience in my own shop and past employees. Your mess becomes theres.

    Even if you are a 1 man shop. Having these means you can also scale up quickly and efficiently when you need to. Rather then invite someone into your chaos.
     
  3. MarkPDX

    MarkPDX Grumbler

    We have an employee manual that communicates accurately what is expected of each individual. In a shop of 8 full time people, it's important to maintain a certain level of accountability. We aren't extremely strict all the time, and the morning production meeting (daily) helps to lay out our goals for the week. The hard part is finding self motivated, hard working people that take pride in what they do.
     
  4. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    After starting this thread, I thought that a better title might be 'staff management'. Since managing ourselves is what leads to managing anyone else well.
     
  5. Bob Carter

    Bob Carter SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    May i share another opinion?

    I worked for a major retailer and owned 3 businesses; all with many employees.Never had an employee manual even at major retailer. One thing for certain; managing people is a learned skill with strong management and mentoring to help you through the learning experience. Another certain; not everyone suited to manage people. In our stores we when saw an employee with 'promise' we wuld train, teach, and add responsibility as earned. No quick path

    In most frameshops you just don't have that structure and if one becomes a good manager, they beat the odds. Perhaps finding a mentor would be wise. Nothing quite like another person being available to ask 'what would you do' and being able to answer knowing your situation

    It isn't easy on your own
     
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