Ensuring that new and existing managers, team leaders, and supervisors have the right skills is essential for a successful business. So what training topics for managers and supervisors are worth providing? Let’s take a look!

Training topics for managers

Why Is Manager Training So Important?

Managers are incredibly influential in the overall atmosphere of the workplace, and the way in which a manager leads, deals with conflict between team members, and communicates, sets the tone for everyone else.

The problem in many workplaces is that managers are not given the right training. This, in turn, lowers productivity from those they manage and can decrease overall employee morale.

Train managers well and everyone benefits, i.e. the company, employees, and the manager!

7 Training Topics for Managers

Now let’s look at some of the most valuable training topics for managers and why each of these topics is so helpful.

1. Communication Skills

Being able to communicate with other employees is an absolutely essential skill for all staff, but none so more for managers and supervisors.

Leading other people in the workplace requires, I think you will agree, a certain level of skill in terms of how to communicate effectively and in such as a way that the message gets across.

A recent Harris Poll in fact showed that 69% of managers were uncomfortable communicating with their staff.

One aspect of communication that is increasingly important in most companies these days is Intercultural Communication. Workplaces are becoming much more diverse culturally and it’s essential, in a cohesive workplace, to have managers who are sensitive and who understand how to manage effectively and ethically.

Intercultural communication training course materials

2. Managing Staff Virtually and Digitally

Another increasingly vital skill for managers, supervisors, and team leaders these days, is being able to manage staff online.

Even though some types of work cannot take place online, there is an increasing need, in many business topic areas, to be able to manage staff virtually online, at least some of the time.

Furthermore, the desire from our employees to work from home (WFH) or to Work From Anywhere (WFA) is increasing at pace.

Indeed, statistics show that companies allowing staff to work remotely, have an average of 25% less staff turnover. This statistic is not a surprise because staff who are offered flexibility and who are trusted, are known to be more loyal as employees.

The Managing Virtual teams training can be a particularly useful program to offer managers and supervisors.

Managing virtual teams training
>> Managing Virtual Teams PowerPoint Slides

3. Dealing with Difficult People

As a manager, you will have to deal from time to time with difficult-to-manage employees, management and customers.

The good news is that there are techniques for learning how to manage these difficult people, and this starts with:

  • clarifying what the difficult behavior is i.e the causes and why it occurs
  • using techniques to deal effectively with these difficult people (such as by using active listening techniques)
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>> Dealing with Difficult People PowerPoint PPTs

It is worth also considering that some people you manage might not normally be problem employees. But, with certain workloads, outside influences, management changes, and job role changes, these employees can become what we might call difficult to deal with people.

There is though always a cause and a solution and understanding management techniques for dealing with difficult people can leave you much better at solving such issues.

4. Delegation Skills Management

Being in charge of other staff, it’s essential to be effective as a manager in terms of understanding how to delegate tasks.

A good course for managers and supervisors on delegation Skills will likely include covering the following the:

  • types and elements of delegation (including authority, accountability, and responsibility)
  • issues and barriers that can block effective delegation
  • ways to deal with conflict that can arise as you try to delegate work to staff
delegation Skipps ppt and training course materials for trainers and teachers.
>> Delegation Skills PPT and teaching materials

5. Managing Employee Wellness and Well-Being

As a manager or team leader, you will also want to ensure that you are correctly and properly managing and considering the overall well-being and wellness of those people that you manage.

In recent years much greater awareness of employee well-being seems to be occurring in many companies and there are several types of training that you might wish to consider within this training topic area and these include:

As a manager, there are various strategies and techniques that you can use for ensuring that those whom you manage are properly cared for.

Look after your team and not only will you be doing the ethically correct thing, but confident and happy employees result in a better workplace for all and a more productive one at that.

Investment in wellness and well-being training, in other words, can in essence pay for itself, particularly when you consider the savings from staff turnover if staff feel valued and happy in your workplace.

Digital wellness training course materials

>> Digital wellness teaching pack

6. Inclusion and Diversity People Management

Another area in terms of training topics for senior managers and others who manage teams is in inclusion and diversity awareness.

Your workplace may or might not be typical of many other workplaces that today are much more diverse both in terms of age range and culture.

Employees are staying in employment to an older age, for example, and this means that as management, you must manage a wider range of generations that in the past (4 generations these days).

Understanding how to manage different ways of thinking and working, by different employees of differing generations can make you a better and more effective manager.

Managing different generations in the workplace training materials
Managing Different Generations training materials

Another essential training topic that also needs considering, is in equality and diversity such as in:

The training programs above are invaluable for all staff but especially so as a manager or supervisor.

Consider the scenario as a manager, for example, whereby you are in charge of deciding who should get a promotion from your team.

Are you subconsciously likely to promote someone whose general work views or background matches your own, or are you aware of unintended and quite natural biases that we all have?

Learning how to be aware of and better manage these biases can make us better managers.

7. Presentation Skills

It is quite surprising how many managers and supervisors lack effective presentation skills.

Having said that, many managers rise through the ranks and have never had a proper chance to learn and correctly develop their presentation skills.

Likewise, a new manager arriving into the company might have excellent knowledge in their topic area, but they might not be the most experienced though when it comes to doing presentations.

Presentation Skills can be learned and although practice is one of the best methods, there are many techniques and tricks that your managers can be taught.

Teaching presentation skills and PPTs
>> Presentation Skills Training Materials

List of Management Training Topics PDF

In addition to the titles discussed above, there are numerous other useful training topics for managers you might want to consider.

Do consider the idea of using training needs analysis to try and evaluate what training is most needed within your own company.

You can also view our own Training Topics PDF catalogue to see the full range of topics and titles that we offer training course materials for.

Motivational Training Topics for Managers to Provide Employees

If you are a manager, supervisor, or team leader, you might also be interested in training topic ideas that help you to motivate your team?

  • Self-Confidence Building – is a great training session you can provide your staff to really build their confidence within the team. Create a happier and more focused team.
  • Emotional intelligence – you might have heard the idea that EQ is the new IQ. In other words, the Emotional Quotient is about human factors and emotions. Understanding how to manage emotions and become a better communicator and team player can be a great training topic for managers and lower-level staff.

Future Training Topics for Managers

The training industry has always evolved and with this, the training topics for managers that will be important will also evolve.

With the future in mind, here are 3 training ideas for managers that I think will be handy in the near future:

  • Change management – But change management isn’t a new training topic, I hear you say! You are right but change is happening faster and faster in this digital age (and with AI upon us), thus the need for change management training will also accelerate I believe.
  • CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility is becoming more popular, as companies realise that being seen to be more responsible resonates with many in Generation Z.
  • Data-Driven Decision Making – Understanding data and statistics is increasingly important in business and as a manager. Data can now help us predict not just things such as the financials and predictions such as sales forecasts, but can now be used also for analysing things such as employee suitability for a position, and much more complex decision-making. The only problem is that managers need to understand this data. This is why this type of training is likely to be increasingly important in the future and is likely to be one of the fastest-growing training topics for managers.
Dr Valeria Lo Iacono