Important Tips for New Managers

Lori Cornmesser

Manager & Team

Stepping into a managerial role can seem  like a daunting task.  There are a lot of elements to consider, regarding both the employees themselves and the needs of the business.  A recent article from Business News Daily has outlined four strategies that new managers can implement in handling their new responsibilities.

1. Transparency is Key: When you become a manager, you now have information and wherewithal that you may not have had in your previous position with the company.  Try to be aware of this information that was missing from your previous position, and how if you had access to the information you have in your managerial role in your previous role, how would that improve your abilities within said previous position.  Try to be transparent with the team you are leading, in order to keep lines of communication open, not to mention build trust and relationships with your employees.

2. Relationships with Your Team is Important: Do not forget that you are leading a group of people and they are depending on your guidance to get a job done efficiently and effectively.  If you emphasize performance too much as a new manager, it gives the impression that you are solely using your team to enhance your standings within the company.  Be sure to take the time and effort to connect with your staff- get to know them as people, not just employees.  Having real, interpersonal connections with co-workers will greatly improve the overall office environment and will make for a stronger team in terms achieving goals.

3. Give Credit Where it is Due: Commending employees for hard work or for a job well done is an extremely important component of the culture of a workplace and the productivity of employees. It doesn’t only have to come following huge work events and accomplishments, thanking employees on the day-to-day goes a long way, and facilitates a healthy, happy work environment.

4. Accept Criticism with Grace and Implement a leadership Style: Undoubtedly, employees will have an opinion on the best ways management should be handled.  A good manager will listen to the suggestions of their employees, internalize those that they think could be most useful to the team, and forget about those that they do not believe to be valuable.  What is toughest from a managerial standpoint is striking a balance between you and your teammates.  Lead with your  own style and be sure to play up the strengths of your staff.

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