The voice of the manager
The manager plays an important role within companies. He or she is responsible for the development of employees and for the assignments, or lack thereof, of the people in their portfolio.
During the job interview process it becomes obvious to you that the manager plays a key role within the company. It is the person who hires you, the person who gives you a raise, the person who decides if you deserve a bonus, the person who nominates you for ‘the next step’, and the person who tells you that it’s time to look for a new job.
The process of appointing a manager in big companies is a routine task. Someone applies for a job and right away he or she gets a manager assigned to them. When people are unhappy with their manager or have the idea that the relationship no longer in the best interest of both parties, they get assigned another manager.
Since a few months there is a very popular show in the Netherlands called: The voice of Holland. A program where exceptional vocal talents can showcase themselves solely based on their singing. Are Dutch people really interested in another talent show? Are we really going to watch a show where someone gets their 15 minutes of fame, and afterwards we never hear from them again? Why do 3 million people, about 1/5th of the entire Dutch population, watch this show then? Well, the voice of Holland is different, the voice of Holland is a unique concept. It all starts in the first round. A coach doesn’t see you, they just hear you, until they are interested and turn around. After the performance you get to decide which coach you want to work together with depending on how many coaches turned around.
Why would this concept not also work in big companies? Why should I as employee and as an individual not be able to pick the person who I believe can help me grow. Why should a manager not have to convince me why I should pick them.
I would like to know how that a manager can help me. Which abilities and qualities appeal to them and what points does he pay attention to during an assessment or in the development of an employee. If anyone has this much power over me, I would like a certain amount of chemistry to exist between my manager and me.
The voice of Holland proves that people always will benefit from this because of mutual understanding and respect. A concept such as this would make sure a better work relationship would be promoted where understanding and respect are part of the central pillar. A concept that listens to the name: The voice of the manager!