Have you considered management style?
You are looking to make a move and change jobs. After having taken account of your strengths, experiences, as well as what new knowledge and/or experience you would like to gain next, you start scouring for new opportunities. You update and polish your resume and cover letter and send it out for consideration. After persistent effort, an interview and reference check, you finally hear back. Congratulations, you have a job offer! But wait, the work isn’t over yet. Now begins the decision-making.
During the decision-making process, many people the focus on salary, vacation, and benefits including opportunities for professional development such as training. These are all important and you should be thinking about them when making your decision. However, an important factor that many seem to forget when making the important decision of whether or not to accept a job offer is management style. Here’s why management style is important.
1) Success — Even the highest performers will have difficulty being successful in their job without the support of their manager. Managers play an important role in providing the necessary support team members need to be successful. If the management style of the manager you will be working for is not team oriented, then they may not prioritize responsibilities like providing their team with the tools to help them reach success, or working to help team members get prepared to move onto the next level and bigger responsibilities.
2) Learning matters — Although the job search process heavily focuses on showcasing one’s existing skills, experiences, and knowledge, you should still expect to learn new ones on the job. Workplace learning is important for your future growth and future marketability. A manager whose style is directive will not provide you with an environment that will be conducive to learning. Little learning happens in environments where there is micromanagement.
3) Inspiration — As a full-time employee you will spend at least 40 hours a week on the job. In other words, you will spend 1/3 of your day at work. Working with a manager who inspires and elevates team members is important. A management style that prioritizes uplifting people and employee engagement will ensure a positive dynamic and work experience.
When deciding on your next career opportunity, consider management style as an important factor in the decision you make. People and culture management matters and impacts your work experience.