Moving up from worker bee to bee keeper can be a tough transition. You have to learn whole new ways of thinking, like how to delegate, while at the same time becoming an even better listener. And, like any new job, the first days of your new position are crucial. According to BBC Capital, here’s a few of the most common mistakes that you’ll need to avoid:
1. Still doing your old job:
“The mistake in thinking is two-fold: the new manager is more comfortable with their own hands-on role, so, when they are confronted with problems that can be solved by either doing the job themselves or delegating the job and teaching/encouraging/assigning someone else to do it, they choose to do it themselves and (secondly) the perception that their team will not respect them unless they ‘lead from the front.’”
2. Using fear to assert your new authority:
Stephanie Vardavas experienced one of the toughest new manager tasks — one many handle poorly — immediately after assuming a more senior role. She wrote: “On the very day I was first promoted to Vice President at one job, I had to fire someone. It was awful but necessary (he was stealing), and it toughened me up for the few times afterwards when it was necessary to make that kind of change. . .Having said that” she added. “I’ve seen new managers fire people just to flex their muscles and prove that they can, and that’s just horrible.”
3. Hesitating to Address Performance Issues:
“New managers tend to have a hard time correcting performance problems. It’s extremely un-fun to tell someone they are not doing well, put them on an improvement plan, or fire them. . . Yet delaying any of these actions has worse and worse consequences the longer it goes unaddressed.” Sobel added: “It’s a terrible part of the job that nobody likes to talk about but it’s critical for [the organization’s] health.”
Read the rest to avoid here.