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The Different Levels of Management

Managers are people working for an organization, team or company. They are the ones responsible for the work performance by the organizational members. Managers have the right to use their organizational resources and make own decisions. In an organization there are three types of management the top-level, middle-level, and first-level.

The three main levels are ranked in their importance. Here are the different levels of management and their responsibilities:

Top-Level Managers: Top-level managers also known as the top managers are also called senior management or executives. These are the top one or two levels in the organization such as: Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Operational Officer (COO), Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chairperson of the Board, President, Vice president, Corporate head. Top Managers usually make decisions for the entire company. It also direct on what to do in the day-to-day activities of the business. Roles of top-level managers include setting a goal for the organization and tell the employees on how to achieve the goals. Top managers always see the performance of the organization. A top manager who is also an entrepreneur may start a company and manage it unless when it grows or expand he/she can support several levels of management.

Middle-Level Managers: This includes general manager, plant manager, regional manager, and division manager. Middle managers are the ones who will carry the goals set by the top manager. Their role is by setting goals for their departments and other business departments. They can also offer some suggestions and feedback to the top managers in helping improve the organization. Middle Managers supervise small group of employees or the entire business. If your performance is good you could be promoted for the top management in the long run

First Level Managers: First-level managers also known as the first-line managers or supervisors. Such titles include office manager, shift supervisor, department manager, foreperson, and crew leader, store manager. First level managers are the ones responsible for the everyday management of the employees who produce products and services. First level managers interact on a daily basis so if the managers are not performing well the employees also perform poorly. They are the ones who will motivate their employees in their job.

So whatever business you have or organizations make sure that you have managers that can supervise and motivate your employees.

To Start a Franchise or Start your own Business?

Are you confused whether to have a franchise business or start your own business? Franchising supports larger organization. For a first time business owner sometimes it’s better to buy a franchise but also make sure that the franchise has already establish a big name in the market. Remember there are a lot of scams in franchising so always be sure that is not a scam.

There are some advantages of buying a franchise rather than starting your own business. You will have an instant brand image and credibility. So you won’t have a problem establishing your name since people are already familiar. Franchising also has an administrative or technical support. So if you have any questions regarding about technicality then you can consult the technical support of your franchise. Franchising also provide quick and efficient training of the employees. Franchising will let you have the support every step in your business. If your franchise is good and you enjoy managing your franchise business you could also have the opportunity of expanding or open additional outlets.

The only drawback of franchising is that you cannot right away decide for your business such as if you would like to increase the price or lessen it you have to ask permission from the franchiser. Also you have to pay royalty fee depends on your agreement with your franchiser.

If you want to be an independent business owner you have to battle with some franchise heavyweights that have more resources for advertising, marketing as well as ready-made brand recognition. Starting out is also good since you will be the one to decide everything from materials, advertising, your employees, resources, brand name and so much more. The only disadvantage of starting out your own business is that you still have to make or create a strong impact of your business name in the market industry.

So whatever your decision is always put it in your mind that business always involves risk, decision-making, effort, hard work and time. If your business is doing well make the best out of it since you will never know whether in the next few days a competitor might come in.

Teamwork and Motivation Tips

Teamwork and motivation are the two factors that affect the managers, business and the working environment in a company. Here are the tips on how to make your employees want to report to their work:

  1. Organize activities outside work
    After hours and days of working in the office you should let the employees have a relaxing and bonding time. But how? You can organize social activities during weekends when everyone is off from their work such as having a picnic, swimming and involve in some sports so that your people would me motivated.
  2. Fit Body, Fit Mind
    Try to arrange some corporate discounts for local gym membership or any other sports that involve a lot of movement for your employees to have a fit body and mind. Also, try to offer your people prizes or raffle draw for healthy competitions such a weekend vacation, cinema tickets or free buffet for two.
  3. Love learning
    Everyday we still need to learn a lot of things that is why you have to give your employees some learning activity and reward them at the end of the year. One way of pursuing this goal is to constantly host seminars for new developments in the industry.
  4. Volunteering
    Instead of doing a team-building try to do some charity works for the community. Try to go to some public schools such as painting the walls or donate some educational books or provide business opportunities for young entrepreneurs. With this small gesture you could already make someone happy.
  5. Give a flexible rewards package
    If you are happy and satisfied with the requirements or work from your employees then try giving them rewards packages such as pension package for older employees or holiday coupons. It can also be by giving flexible hours and working from home.

Always remember that small changes may lead to bigger change that is why you have to do your work well.

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