Functions of Management

Essay by grayone88512University, Bachelor'sA+, October 2007

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The functions of management are many and diverse. A manager is expected to be the Buddha in the workplace. A worker should be able to bring almost any question or situation to a manager and a resolution should be readily available. Managers have to be able to think on their feet and act quickly when handling a situation. There are tools that aid a manager in this process. They can be summed up into four categories: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.

When a manager plans properly he or she is examining the goals that are to be accomplished. They establish rules and procedures that will ensure success. The planning process does not stop once the plans and procedures are put into play. They analyze the plans and procedures they have established. They examine how well the plans attained the goals and ask questions in an attempt to figure out where shortfalls could be avoided.

Managers that excel create plans that have predictable results.

While planning, a manager must remain organized. Without organization, even the best plan will not come to fruition. A manager must contemplate requirements. Those requirements can be anything from training or certification to proper workplace floor plans. The organization does not stop there. A manager must be able to properly schedule. If scheduling is not organized in an assembly line, an entire business can come to a halt. Ensuring the right things are in the right place. This does not just cover tools and equipment, but also includes the workers with the correct skill sets and the raw materials that are needed to complete their individual tasks. A manager with good organizational skills can put the right people, in the right places, at the right time and build a team. This team will have an understanding...