When you’re first promoted to the job of manager, it can be an exciting time. However, once the initial emotion wears off, you might start to get nervous. After all, managing a team of people doing a certain job is completely different than just working on your own. What tips should you keep in mind to get off to a good start? Here’s a look:
Look at it like a new job.
Even if you were in your previous role for decades, if it wasn’t a management position, then look at the situation as if you’re new to the job. You’ll have to put a completely different skill set to use and will be more likely tapping your interpersonal skills versus your technical abilities.
Learn about your employees.
Work to get to know your employees. Keep an open-door policy and meet with each one individually to get to know them. Find out more about them professionally and personally, so you can best manage them and keep them motivated. This will also help you to build a strong relationship with each one, so they’re more loyal and vested in your team.
Actively listen more.
As a new manager, listen more than you talk, especially in the beginning. This includes your boss, your staff, and your customers. This will help you learn what to prioritize, any issues that are escalating, and what challenges you’re facing.
Focus on the big picture.
In your previous role, you might have been a detail person. Now, as a manager, it’s your job to focus on the big picture and delegate the details to your employees. This can be difficult to get used to, but if you don’t, you’ll burn out.
Deal with performance issues quickly.
If an employee isn’t getting their work done, don’t ignore the situation or hope it will go away. The previous boss might have swept the issue under the rug. But it will only cause a toxic workplace if you allow it to continue. It’s why you must face performance problems quickly and head-on.
Get help when you need it.
Don’t think just because you’re a manager, you don’t need help. Reach out to other department heads or your superiors when you have a question or require clarification. If you don’t have a mentor, now’s a good time to find someone to offer you support and guidance as you transition into this new role.
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