Five Basic Functions of Management
There are five basic functions of management that serve as good resources to help achieve organizational goals. These functions are planning, leading, organizing, staffing and controlling. My paper will focus on how these five management practices are implemented in my workplace, including specific examples of how each of the functions is practiced at Labcorp.
Planning helps to choose achievable goals and to identify the best course of action to reach these goals. “He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign.” (Hugo, 1885) These words are words of a French dramatist, novelist, and poet Victor Hugo. Labcorp implemented these words within the employees often to remind us that planning is critical to achieving our goals and avoiding chaos. We each are advised to have an overall plan which explains what steps are involved and what resources are necessary to accomplish each goal. Employees are encouraged to consider the following when planning:
• Use and overall plan to help determine how you will spend each day, week, and month to get you where you need to be to exceed your goals
• Each day, take time to plan the day’s structure, and check your list to ensure you are spending time on activities that will help to reach those goals
• Assess information rapidly to identify problems and opportunities-and do something about them
• Make sure daily activities are effective uses of resources
Planning is a priority within our company and they feel employees should always “plan your work and work your plan! So every morning, we are broken up into individual groups and have a “GO” (Getting Organized) meeting and discuss all plans...