For New Managers: 7 Simple Ways to Onboard Without a Hitch
Heading into a new leadership role? In an attempt to prove themselves, most new managers dive into the day’s tasks immediately. They do so without thinking that there could be other more important things to accomplish at the moment, things that could make the “jump” less stressful, and might even guarantee a good start and establish an awesome footing with the workers. A better way to impress the higher ups would be to show them how easily you can onboard as a new manager.
And here are some tips to do just that:
- Acclimatize and assimilate. Get to know the people you’re with and assess their personalities and workload, and study the culture and existing systems in the workplace. That way you have a better idea of what new systems to implement, processes you need to change, and how to aid them in the transition.
- Don’t be bossy. Exerting too much authority can have that effect, so tone it down at the onset – or it might come off as arrogance instead.
- Don’t pile on more than you can handle. If you’re doing this it only means you’re not exerting enough authority. Delegating is not a sign of weakness, but strength. By not delegating, you are being less productive, and you rob people of the chance to prove themselves.
- Convey information, instructions and ideas properly, and in turn, listen to what your subordinates have to say. Good communication in the workplace isn’t just about being able to effectively tell people what to do, it’s also about being receptive enough to hear them out when they express themselves.
- Don’t worry unnecessarily. There will always be problem employees and problematic situations, but thinking about them ahead of time – when the problems aren’t even there yet – is senseless and counterproductive. However, this is not to say that you shouldn’t be prepared. Make concessions, and remember that they’re there, but don’t spend precious time dwelling on the negative possibilities.
- Be human. Just because you’re a manager doesn’t mean you can’t make mistakes, and just because you’re in a managerial position doesn’t mean you can’t ask for help.
- Be professional at all times. It’s one thing to be human, another to practice unethical behavior. Being petty or showing aggression, admonishing a worker in public, or rumor mongering will only serve to lessen one’s respect for you. A manager’s job is to direct an employee’s work, not to humiliate him.
Jane Morrison is a Certified Executive Coach and Founder of AuthenticPower Consulting and The Center for Inspired Leaders. She works with leaders and business owners, to dramatically influence their brand, performance and culture in a dynamic way. You can reach her at www.janemorrison.com