Your first day
as a manager can be one of the most daunting of your career. You’re
suddenly responsible for not only your own projects but also the work of
those on your team — many of whom were your peers just the day before.
That’s why it’s important to get it right from the start. Here
are five tips that can help first-time managers hit the ground running:
- Maintain a professional tone. Supervising friends or former
peers can be difficult. Treat all team members fairly, and refrain from going
into too much detail about your personal life or griping about policies,
the workload or senior management.
- Don’t micromanage. Good bosses know it’s important
to trust their team to do what they were hired to do. Ensure your team has what
they need to succeed, and once they’re set up, let them get down to work.
- Delegate when possible. Sharing the department’s
responsibilities across your team can help your employees grow and allows you to
focus on higher-level tasks. Find the right person for each task, give clear
instructions and be available for their questions or concerns.
- Encourage work-life balance. Do what you can to help your staff
manage work and personal demands. Consider allowing flexible scheduling and
support your team in using all their vacation days. You can also set an example
by looking after your own well-being.
- Expand your network. Build rapport with others who are working
at the same level in your organization. Senior executives can provide great
leadership and management advice, and you can create opportunities for your
staff and other business groups to collaborate or brainstorm on strategy.
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