The Future of Management
The Future of Management
In the world of business today, a manager’s responsibility is to lead an organization’s staff to the achievements of previously set goals by planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. The future of management seems to be going in the direction of eliminating leading from the list of responsibilities. The role of leading is more frequently being given to employees. The technique of the “team” approach is being added to the workforce, which allows for employees to control ideas and the implementation of the ideas along with many other aspects. Almost always in a team situation, a leader or a spokesperson will emerge. The responsibility of the manager, when using the team approach is to control the amount of work being produced from the team(s). The manager is not managing the business, but managing the employees and allowing employees to run the business. This only happens when the employees are competent and aware of their responsibilities. Usually this acknowledgement of awareness for responsibility stems from the teachings of a good manager.
A manager’s obligation is to guide an organization of staff to the achievements of previously set goals. In order to achieve set goals, a manager must utilize all resources available. An option available to managers is the opportunity to appoint or allow the rise of a shift leader or an area leader. A manager utilizing employees is the most efficient way to delegate responsibilities and to achieve goals. Leading is the process of moving resources toward objectives and goals. A strong leader and motivator keeps employees performing at high-energy levels during low times. It is the manager’s responsibility to monitor and keep in line the productivity levels. This trend of appointing shift or area leaders is a method that can be expected to continue to be implemented into the future of management.
When considering the change of the functions of management, it has already been said that leading will be somewhat if not totally eliminated from the responsibilities of management. Planning, on the other hand, will always be a necessary function. Planning precedes all other functions; organizing, directing, and controlling all flow from proper planning.
Another function of management that may see minimal change is in the area of organizing. Organizing brings together people and systems in logical groupings to carry out plans. Sound organization is no guarantee for success, but poor organization will almost always bring about conflict and frustration. Taking this into consideration, it is likely that the tools and technology that offer added convenience when organizing will be far more advanced and more accessible in the future.
The controlling function of management, however, will always involve the tasks of monitoring and evaluating. The elements of controlling include setting standards, comparing them with events, and taking corrective action. When a staff is well managed, then the manager’s main focus is maintaining control. A well-managed staff can easily run itself with minor interventions from management to resolve conflicts. A form of management will always be in place to maintain the integrity of the business and its employees. There is relatively no possibility that this function of management will ever change.
In opinion, the future of management is in the hands of technology and the willingness of employees to step up and work for what they know and believe. Today, most jobs in corporate America require at least a Bachelor’s Degree. The hard work that is involved in obtaining an education should not be taken for granted. Someone entering into corporate America should be driven to succeed. Success comes from hard work, hard times, and sacrifices. An employee that has passion for their job has a career, not a job. An employee that likes their career strives to make the company better, more efficient, and more profitable. Being a good employee influences the ease of changes that are inevitable. Technology and new innovations in managerial processes are the inevitable, but the willingness to accept change will effect the prosperity of the business.