Should managers only manage?From the very beginning, the word "Manager" in professional word implies that a person is hired to manage the work and people in an organization and he or she is not directly doing the actual work. We must have heard many people wishing to get promoted to managerial positions just because they think that they will not need to work after being a manager. So there is always a notion that a manager enjoys and the actual workers work hard.
But these days this notion is getting changed and some organizations are expecting even the managers to be hands-on in the technical work and they should also be able to contribute individually when required. Hence the days of the manager doing plain old management work are slowly getting over. Now managers are also needed to pull up their socks and understand what the team is doing.
It is always better for managers to not only do management work but also get involved in day to day technical hands-on work done by the team and understand it completely. There are many merits to it. A pure manager can never understand the technical problems actually faced by the team and hence unable to guide them. A pure manager can easily be fooled by the team by giving wrong inflated time estimates for completing their work and giving some false technical reasons as to why the work got delayed. Hence a hands-on manager will always add value to the organization.