Here’s something I was taught a few years ago about how to adjust your management approach. I’m paraphrasing slightly.
Score your employee out of ten for:
- Current motivation
- Experience in the role
Then look at the lowest number of the three.
- 0-3: adopt a tight, management-heavy approach until performance picks up.
- 4-7: take a supervisory, mentoring approach.
- 8-10: occasional coaching is all you’ll need. These are the good times.
It’s a useful shorthand that reminds you to keep a keen eye on someone who’s green, sub-par, or struggling, and allows you to step away as they find their wings.