If you’re starting a new management position at a new company, chances are you’re starting from scratch. You don’t know any of the employees, company policies, or procedures. You are wading into deep unknown waters; what do you start with? If you are in need of some guidance, here are some ways you can put your best foot forward at your new management job.
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Meet Employees Face to Face
There is a good chance that you will be overseeing workers who have been with the company for a long time. It is imperative that you make a good first impression. A bad first impression will leave you on shaky ground with company veterans. Part of first impressions is the beginnings of trust-building. Building trust is key for someone in a management position. As such, getting to know employees on a one-to-one level shows them that you are dedicated to your job and the company, as well as to them as workers. The best way to introduce yourself on the first day is to greet everyone equally and make your intentions known.
Open Your Door to Discussions
Sometimes, there are existing issues that the previous manager left unsolved. Depending on what it was, this is your opportunity to set yourself apart. Part of being in a management position is solving workplace issues. You need to be willing to meet these challenges head on. Invite employees to meet with you to discuss any issues they might have. Keep your door open to this possibility. Employees should feel like they have someone they can talk to about workplace problems. If you can provide this to them, they will appreciate you for it.
Ensure to keep your door open for upcoming problems, too.
Be a Boss, Not a Friend
You might be tempted to buddy-up with some employees if you find that you have mutual interests. While this can be a good thing, too much of it can give other employees a bad impression. Not only could you come across as “playing favorites”, but you might give them the idea that you’re easy to manipulate. Set boundaries for yourself first. When an employee messes up, be fair but firm. Apply the rules to everyone that are meant for everyone, and don’t make any special cases for those who you like to hang out with. Even if it may hurt a little, you still have a job to do.
Don’t Get Distracted From Expectations
While you are meeting with employees, don’t become distracted. You will most-likely have other job functions besides direct management. The higher ups of the company, either upper-level managers or the CEO, will communicate those to you. It is important that you don’t forget about these expectations. Weeks or months down the road, your actions must measure up to established standards. Spending too much time focusing on the wrong things can lead you astray.