How to know it's the right time to hire another manager

May 14, 2024

When is it the right time to hire another manager?

This is the million-dollar question for many of us business owners or team leaders. We've grown our team, the workload is increasing, and we're starting to feel more than a little stretched thin managing it all.

But does that automatically mean it’s time to add another managerial role to the mix?

In episode 116 of Managing Made Simple, I dive deep into this not so straightforward question and share some actionable questions to think through to make this crucial decision. At the end of the day, it's not just about filling a position but ensuring you're making strategic moves that support your team's growth and your business's success.


Here are three takeaways from this episode:

1. Consider Your Span of Control: Are you managing more than ten people? If so, it might be time to reassess your capacity to give each team member the attention they deserve. But it could also be way fewer than ten people. Effective management isn't just about numbers and ratios; it’s about quality interactions and support.

2. Assess Team's Support Needs: Does your team need a lot of one-on-one guidance or are they relatively autonomous? Understanding the level of support your team members require helps determine if another manager is necessary to maintain or enhance productivity and mentorship.

3. Evaluate Your Own Managerial Assessment Capabilities: Are you confident in your ability to assess your team’s work effectively? If you're struggling to evaluate because the work is outside your expertise area, it might be beneficial to bring in a manager who can better understand and guide those team members.

Bringing on a new manager isn't a decision to be made lightly, and these touch points are just the beginning. If you're at a crossroads, wondering if it’s the right move, give the full episode a listen. You’ll gain insights into how aligning managerial hires with your business strategy and team structure can make a significant impact.

And hey, if you're yearning for more detailed guidance or need support customizing these strategies to fit your unique situation, reach out at [email protected]

Together, we can ensure you have the right team structure to scale your business effectively. 

Remember, management isn’t just about overseeing tasks; it's about building a culture of success and empowerment. Tune in to the Managing Made Simple podcast for more insights, strategies, and stories that help you lead confidently and with clarity. Don’t forget to subscribe on Apple or Spotify to never miss an episode!

Thank you for tuning in, I can't wait to hear how these strategies help transform your management approach!

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