5 Tips for new managers or supervisors
If you got hired for a management job or if you just got promoted, you need to understand that there are a few things you need to learn in order to be ready for this new position. We have prepared for you 5 extremely important tips that will help you understand and develop the skills you need to be a great manager. If you got this job that means your employer sees that you are good with people and have demonstrated top-notch organization, communication, and leadership skills. This is a high bar to live up to so be prepared by using these 5 tips.
1. Get to know the new job
If you just got hired into a management position, it's very likely that you came from a different position in your company that was not management but maybe something like an attorney. You will have to learn what the new tasks and processes are that the job requires of you. Make sure to give yourself time to learn these things. Over the next few days or even weeks, you will quickly find out that you are not the best manager, but that is totally okay. Don't get stressed out, give it time. Eventually, you will get the hang of things and develop the skills you need to be a great manager.
2. Get to know the people you manage
You need to be well acquainted with the people you manage because you don't want to be seen as the big bad boss that no one wants to talk to. Try to talk to each person individually and have easy conversations with the intention of getting to know them.
Here are some easy questions you can ask:
How long have you been with the company?
How's the family?
Do you like cats or dogs?
What are some of your hobbies?
The point is not to have any sort of interrogation but simply to have a friendly conversation. Make sure you let them know these things about yourself as well.
3. Listen Attentively
This is the most important point on here. Exceptional managers will always listen to their employees. Remember that this is not just casually listening to them in the background while you do payroll, but looking them in the eye and remembering what they say. If they come to you with a concern, talk to them about what you can do for them. If they just want to catch up, be friendly and maybe have a quick conversation. This will show them that you care and are trying to be a manager they can approach. This will also show that you are not there only to ensure the success of your company but their success as well.
4. see the big picture
You don't want to be nitpicky about the details, that is not your job. Your job is to oversee everything and make sure that everything is going in the right direction and on time. Remember that you are dealing with professionals who know what they are doing and have the ability to make very good decisions because that is why they were hired. Check up on them to oversee the project but don't worry too much about the details.
5. Remember you are a boss
It is easy to forget that you are the boss, especially if you're trying to be a great manager that wants to be acquainted with their employees and connect with them. It is even more difficult to remind yourself that you are the boss when you have good friends with whom you worked on the same level in the past. If you need to call something to their attention or make a hard decision about them, you cannot lower your standards or break the rules just to please your friend. They need to understand your new position and respect your authority. They need to understand that you are not going to treat them differently just because they are your friend or because you used to work directly with them. This will show everyone else that you are a person of integrity and a great leader.