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Challenges First-Time Managers Often Face

Any new job comes with challenges, but new managers must deal with the additional pressure of taking a completely different type of job.

It helps to start by thinking that new challenges are a good thing. Successfully handling challenges enables you to grow and develop as a professional. The ability to stay positive and determined is essential to becoming a successful leader.

Consider the following challenges first-time managers typically face.

How to Communicate With Employees

Maintaining effective communication with staff members provides you with a strong foundation in your new leadership role.

The way you talk and listen play a crucial role in employee engagement and teamwork. Communication also effects degrees of trust and openness within your team, which are crucial to creativity and effective risk-tasking.

As a new manager, it’s crucial for you to comprehend the communication aspects of your team, so you can optimize individual strengths and minimize weaknesses. Every team is unique and figuring out communication styles can strengthen the way everyone works together.

Shifting to A Leadership Mindset

Before becoming a manager, your focus was likely on doing technical/production tasks. Now, your focus should be on helping your employees be successful in the pursuit of achieving shared goals.

This transition requires a change in mindset. Before you were responsible only for yourself, but as a leader, you’re responsible for coaching your team and tracking progress towards goals. This involves using soft skills like communication and critical thinking. Pay attention to what your team is telling you with their words and actions in order to achieve the collective goals and keep everyone engaged.

Becoming “The Boss”

If you’ve been promoted internally, you might find yourself overseeing some of your former co-workers. This can be an awkward situation to handle.  It helps to remember you’re still a member of the same team. Your role has simply changed to one of support, guidance, and greater accountability.

Setting Expectations

One of your principal responsibilities as a manager is to coach and inspire your team. Part of that responsibility is ensuring your staff members have clear guidelines and expectations.

Employees want clear goals and to understand how their work plays a role in achieving something bigger. Setting individual and team objectives helps line up everybody on the same page. Both you and your staff members will then have quantifiable measures, making it simpler to determine if people are hitting goals or not.

Hiring Decisions

Making the decisions to bring someone new onboard is a major event, and hiring should be a team effort. Don’t hesitate to ask other managers or HR staff for assistance. Applicants should be evaluated from many angles and points of view. A team approach is also extremely useful when trying to determine culture fit.

From a personal standpoint, be sure to assess applicants as distinctive individuals. Consider what they’ll bring to your staff team beyond technical skills.

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At Thompson Technologies, we have years of experience helping new managers succeed. Please contact us today to find out how we can support your success.

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