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10 skills managers need to develop in the new normal.

10 Skills managers need to develop in the new normal

To be an effective manager, you need to possess a seamless mix of hard and soft skills. Hard or technical skills are job-specific and learned through training, while soft skills are transferable and developed through experience and social interaction. With these competencies, you are able to increase workforce productivity and promote employee retention and engagement.

But industry landscapes are shifting fast, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. To cope with these changes, managers like you need to constantly update your skills. Learning in the new normal means taking full advantage of the wealth of resources on the internet. Here are 10 managerial skills you need to cultivate, and the corresponding online training courses that can help boost both your success.

1. People Management

Managing a team of different personalities and work styles requires your decisive leadership and dependability. This is especially true for HR but cuts across managerial positions. With the challenge of guiding your members toward a common goal, you need to be well-versed in managing relations, assigning tasks and fostering collaboration.

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2. Leadership

Leaders are game changers, determining business direction, while managers busy themselves with the day-to-day tasks of meeting the company’s standards of success. Employers need both managerial and leadership skills to streamline operations and maintain a successful business.

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3. Adaptability

Remote team management has become a vital skill in today’s pandemic-affected economy. The challenge lies in educating and preparing the workforce to ensure its continued productivity despite work-from-home arrangements.

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4. Strategic Planning

With creative thinking and a proficiency for innovation, you can form strategies that are built on solid data to create value for your business. Minimizing risks is at the heart of strategic planning, as well overcoming obstacles and forging the best path to meet your business targets.

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5. Communication

Active listening, negotiation, and written and verbal skills are some of the components of effective communication. With strong communication skills, you are able to minimize errors and conflict, which may delay progress and compromise employee engagement.

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6. Mentoring

Management is not just about designating tasks and overseeing your team’s output; it also includes motivating your team to improve their work. Being a mentor means conveying your expectations, appraising performance and making time for one-on-one or small group conversations to keep track of your members’ progress.

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7. Project Management

Whether they are client-driven or internal, projects are managerial specialties. From conceptualization to execution, a competent manager needs to be on top of processes to ensure that the project meets the deadline and stays within cost.

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8. Finance

Even if you are not a financial manager, you should equip yourself with basic financial knowledge. This allows you to comprehend and utilize the company’s financial reports, profits and losses, and annual reports in formulating sound business strategies. Good knowledge of numbers can help you make more informed decisions, and give you leverage when requesting financial support.

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9. Organizational

As a manager, multi-tasking is the name of your game. Simultaneous deliverables may leave you burned out and disoriented, which is why it is vital to develop organizational skills. Scheduling tasks allows you to wisely make use of your time and energy.

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10. Hiring and Interview

If your company is part of the 80% of employers planning to hire this year, then your input as a manager is valuable in choosing your next employees. Hiring managers in particular need to know what jobseekers are looking for so they can better develop strategies to attract the best talents.

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You may be powerless in changing extraneous factors such as the pandemic, but you can take steps in changing yourself for the better. Sometimes, it only takes a single step to trigger a wave of change. By taking the initiative to further your competence, you are better equipped to lead and inspire your employees.

Ready to unlock your full potential as a manager? Visit our Employer Insights Page to learn more about recruitment, talent management and employment trends for the #JobsThatMatter. Make sure to get top candidates through Talent Search, one of Southeast Asia’s largest talent databases.

At JobStreet, we believe in bringing you #JobsThatMatter. As a Career Partner, we are committed to helping all jobseekers find passion and purpose in every career choice. And as the number 1 Talent Partner in Asia, we connect employers with the right candidates who truly make a positive and lasting impact on the organization.

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About SEEK Asia

SEEK Asia, a combination of two leading brands JobStreet and JobsDB, is the leading job portal and Asia’s preferred destination for candidates and hirers. SEEK Asia’s presence span across 7 countries namely Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam. SEEK Asia is part of the Australian Securities Exchange-listed SEEK Limited Company, the world’s largest job portal by market capitalization. SEEK Asia attracts over 400 million visits a year.

About SEEK Limited

SEEK is a diverse group of companies, comprising a strong portfolio of online employment, educational, commercial and volunteer businesses. SEEK has a global presence (including Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, South-East Asia, Brazil and Mexico), with exposure to over 2.9 billion people and approximately 27 per cent of global GDP. SEEK makes a positive contribution to people’s lives on a global scale. SEEK is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, where it is a top 100 company and has been listed in the Top 20 Most Innovative Companies by Forbes.

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