A Manager is the person responsible for planning and directing the work of a group of individuals, monitoring their work, and taking corrective action when necessary. For many people, this is their first step into a management career.
Managers may direct workers directly, or they may direct several supervisors who direct the workers. They must be familiar with the work of all the groups he/she supervises but does not need to be the best in any or all of the areas. It is more critical for the Manager to know how to manage the workers than to know how to do their work well.
A Manager may have the power to hire or fire employees or to promote them. In larger companies, a manager may only recommend such action to the next level of management. The Manager has the authority to change the work assignments of team members.
A Manager’s title reflects what he/she is responsible for. An Accounting Manager supervises the Accounting function. An Operations Manager is responsible for the operations of the company. The Manager of Design Engineering supervises engineers and support staff engaged in the design of a product or service. A Night Manager is responsible for the activities that take place at night. There are many management functions in business and, therefore, many titles. Regardless of title, the Manager is responsible for planning, directing, monitoring and controlling the people and their work.