Happening very quickly; Action oriented, eager to move things and actions along rapidly
1) Generate a plan. The more you can manage before a work shift, the better prepared you’ll be to work quickly and effectively when you’re on the clock. This includes double-checking schedules, confirming equipment is operational and ensuring that employees have the tools and resources they need to effectively do their jobs.
2) Train all employees thoroughly before they hit the work floor. Untrained employees can cause accidents and delays that you must fix, which slows down your pace and effectiveness in a harried work environment.
3) Create contingency plans. Decide in advance how you will handle common issues as they arise. For example, if a staffer calls in sick or doesn’t show up for work, have a number of on-call or standby employees you can turn to for immediate assistance. If you have an irate customer you need to deal with, develop an approach you can use to mollify the customer and resolve the issue quickly. Knowing in advance how to handle common managerial issue frees you to maintain managerial momentum in a fast-paced environment.
4) Delegate tasks. Rather than try to do everything yourself, delegate nonmanagerial functions to a staff member so you can free up your own time for more pressing concerns. While you still maintain oversight of delegated tasks, you are better able to focus on the most important aspects of your job.
5) Be encouraging. Fast-paced work environments can take a physical and emotional toll on employees, so keep spirits high with positive reinforcement and motivation. Create levity, where appropriate, and recognize outstanding performers for their contributions.
6) Remain calm. If something goes wrong in a fast-paced work environment, employees turn to the manager for guidance and direction. Regardless of the situation, keep your wits about you, remain professional and handle the situation without causing panic.
7) Ask for employee input. Sometimes people on the front lines have a better idea about what will make a business run more efficiently than behind-the-scenes managers. Hold regular staff meetings to get input about ways to make the work environment more efficient and productive.