8 Survival Tips For Coping As A New Manager
If you’re embarking on a new career as a manager, or have been promoted to a management position within your current organisation, then it can be a daunting prospect.
It is said that almost 46% of new starters in a job role will leave less than 18 months after their first day, but how can you avoid being another statistic if the new responsibility is too overwhelming?
Read on for our 8 tips for coping as a new manager.
1. First impressions count
Brace yourself for your first day – you will be scrutinised by almost everyone and you want to come across as confident and affable.
2. Research the role or company
You should have done this before the job interview, but it doesn’t hurt to find out more and have some in depth knowledge at your disposal should any of your team want to test you.
3. Be organised
Again, you’ll be under the watchful eye of your colleagues and people you manage – a good manager sets an example and if you’re organised, then it will encourage your new staff to do the same.
You can’t preach what you aren’t prepared to practise!
4. Manage your expectations
Don’t feel like you have to have it all under control immediately; you’ll have a settling in period of grace and you can get to grips with the minutiae over time.
Don’t forget to fall back on any professional training you might have received before taking on your new role.
5. Understand the politics
This is crucial if you’re managing a team.
You could have a lot of different personalities within the group and it’s vital to work out early on who are potentially going to be your allies, and who might be a little pricklier to handle.
6. Find out who’s who
Make a point of meeting each of your team or colleagues one-to-one.
Make a few notes about them during an informal chat, chances are they’ll appreciate the personal approach and warm to you straight away when you show an interest in who they are as a person and in their life outside of the office.
7. Engage early on
Don’t spend the first few weeks getting to grips with the technical side of the job or concentrating solely on customers.
This could alienate your team who are potentially already a bit disrupted by a change of hierarchy.
8. Have a good relationship with your boss
Your boss is your backbone in the first few months of being a manager.
They’ve been where you are now and can provide you with help, advice and feedback on how you’re doing.