Middle management is the intermediate management of a hierarchical organization, being subordinate to the senior management but above the lower levels of operational staff. Operational supervisors may be considered middle management or may be categorized as non-management staff, depending upon the policy of the particular organization. Middle management may be reduced in organizations as a result of reorganization. Such changes include downsizing, delayering and outsourcing. The changes may be made in order to reduce costs, as middle management is commonly paid more than junior staff, or the changes may be made to make the organization flatter — empowering the employees and making the organization more innovative and flexible Mid-level managers have a specialized understanding of certain managerial tasks. They are responsible for and carrying out the decisions made by top-level management. They are responsible for tactical decisions.
Collect information from junior management and reassemble it for top Management. Monitor activities of junior managers
Motivate supervisory staff.
Middle managers plan meetings, set agendas for company personnel, delegate responsibilities to first-level managers and employees, and much more. Problem-solving skills and decision-making abilities are required by a middle manager as they oversee departmental projects. Middle managers are available to personnel for questions, comments and suggestions. The position requires the manager to hire competent employees by utilising proper screening and interview techniques. The middle manager seeks out qualified staff that will carry out the company's plan.
An organisation requires middle management to motivate first-level managers and other employees. Incentives, meetings, recognition and job advancement are a few methods often used by middle management to motivate employees, and ensure loyalty and company morale. The middle manager must have superior communication and listening skills to reap optimum productivity results from employees.
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Middle managers set goals for departments and divisions in order to carry out the vision of the company or organisation. The role of a middle manager requires an in-depth knowledge of the company's goals and plans, and the know-how to communicate these goals and plans to the employees. Middle managers meet with high-level executives to communicate departmental successes and failures as well as suggest alternative strategies to achieve goals.
The middle management role within my Authority undertakes the following functions:
1. To interpret and explain the policies framed by top management.
2. To compile and issue detailed instructions regarding operations.
3. To maintain close contacts with operating results so as to evaluate performance.
4. To participate in operating decisions.
5. To cooperate among themselves so as to integrate or coordinate various parts of a division or a department.
6. To motivate supervisory personnel to work for organizational goals.
7. To develop and train supervisory and operative personnel.
Recommendation / Conclusion
Middle managers play a vital role in delivering Local Authority strategies, they are the glue that gels a business together. They take policies and develop strategies to allow these policies to be followed. Top line strategies are dissected and disseminated to middle managers, they will utilise their staff to come up with working practices, policies and procedures to ensure policy ideals are realised. Information will flow through the middle manager in both directions, directing the correct type of information to senior management and to staff in equal measures.
My Authority would benefit more from Middle Managers having a greater awareness of how, and where, they fit into the whole service structure, and how...
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