Congratulations! You’re a manager! It’s a great honor, but now the hard work begins. You go from being a part of the team to being in charge of everyone and everything in no time, probably without much preparation or support. It’s time to step up. Here are four tips for becoming a manager for the first time.
Respect the role
Even if you’ve worked hard to earn your role, you have to work even harder still. The tasks and responsibilities of a manager don’t come naturally for most people. And it won’t be easy because it’s a big job. You need to respect the impact the promotion will have on your day-to-day activities and your relationship with your coworkers. You have to establish your authority in your new role. If you can, find a mentor you can run to for advice when the going gets tough.
Meet with the team
Gather everyone to talk about your plans and expectations for your work, your people, and your organization. Talk about how you’ll handle certain situations and your procedures for feedback and evaluations. Reassure them that you trust them, respect what’s already in place and that you’re confident in them. In return, ask for their support and confidence.
Shift your day-to-day
You’re in charge now, so you have to act like you’re in charge. You can no longer sit around and engage in petty gossip or complain about management. You ARE management. You’ll have to be professional at all times, biting your tongue and keeping your opinion to yourself. You can still be friendly but maintain those boundaries.
Establish how to manage complaints
Eventually, you’ll receive some resistance, some complaints, and some pushback. It’s inevitable, and it’s your team’s way of testing your leadership and seeing what you’re made of. It might be as simple as bringing you a list of problems and expecting you to fix every last one of them. After all, you used to be one of them, so you should have their backs. But in your new role, you’ll see it’s not that simple, and letting them down will be a challenge. Some employees may be jealous, believing that they were more deserving of a promotion than you were. Remind your disgruntled employees that you’re on the same team, that you’re all working together to achieve the goals of the organization.
For more tips on transitioning to a leadership role and achieving success for your organization, contact PrideStaff St. Pete Clearwater today.