The word ‘manager’ itself builds a respectable image of a dedicated employee of an organization. It brings to mind a staff member, who strives sincerely to get his team working in perfect tandem and with optimal productivity, in order to maximize the success potential of the company.
However, not all managers are experienced at their job responsibilities. With rapid globalization and growing employment opportunities, numerous promising freshers are being assigned the very responsible job of a manager.
This article aims at providing a valuable insight into how you, as a new manager, must capitalize on your newfound opportunity. We will talk about ways of coping with your new job role effectively. Here are some tips for new managers.
1. Stay Grounded – Don’t Let it Get to your Head.
The first and foremost mantra of attracting success is never letting it get to your head. Small achievements in your job as a new manager should be viewed as stepping stones to bigger future achievements. Hence, restrain from feeling or behaving like a director of your company. Refrain from ordering your subordinates or watching their every move. Remember what kind of treatment from your manager motivated you when you were at a junior position. Being modest and encouraging will spell success for your team and eventually for the new manager in you.
2. Clarify any Doubts Regarding your Role with your Boss
You have just stepped into a new role and now, in all probabilities, you have a new boss. Don’t leave room for any doubt regarding your responsibilities and your boss’ expectations. It would be in your best interest to gain complete clarity on areas like important aims of your job, boss’ view of your staff, the kind of decisions that you can independently take and those which require involving the boss, mode and level of communication with your superior, et al.
3. Imbibe Organizational Culture
Make conscious efforts to learn and adapt to the work culture if you are new to the company. It is very important to do that on time to save your career from going kaput before it even takes off.
If you have been working with your company for a while now, this is the time to study and imbibe the nuances of the management culture.
4. Interact with your Staff
This is the best way to know them better and getting them to know you better. As a new manager, always bear in mind that your performance will be directly measured by your team’s performance. Hence, it is now inevitable to know your staff better and get them to understand your expectations.
You must inculcate a culture of regular staff meetings with clear achievable goals. These meetings should involve discussing your staff’s work in detail and the team’s strengths and weaknesses. Address their needs and offer solutions for better team functioning and enhanced productivity.
5. Comparing Leadership Style with your Predecessor
This is a tricky area and will require you to proceed with care. Since your staff must have been accustomed to the working style and expectations of your predecessor, you cannot expect an overnight change in the same. In order to help them adapt to a new and probably different set of preferences, encourage open conversations about changes and similarities in leadership styles. You will have to explain them what it is that you might do differently and how their working style needs to change in accordance with the same.
6. Stress Management
Any new job role brings with it a certain level of stress as a result of new concepts to learn and changed processes to follow. Managerial role also means the same. Since it brings along more responsibilities, stress levels may increase. Take it in your stride and deal with it accordingly. Put some tried and tested stress management tips into practice. Seek guidance from your mentor or a trusted friend to reduce stress and make the transition smooth.
7. Be Confident of your Abilities
Always bear in mind that you were selected for the job position because your supervisors had faith in your abilities. Hence, there’s no reason then for you to doubt your capability.
Accept the fact that you are now more powerful and it’s your job to provide direction to, offer feedback and address performance issues of your employees.