How to Survive Being the New Boss

Posted by Nicole Williams on 02 September 2016

Starting a new job is hard, but starting a new job as a manager can be even worse. The first three months are crucial in determining success, so making a positive impact when you start is crucial.

First impressions really count and as a new manager, you’re going to be judged by colleagues, senior management and board members from the moment you step through those doors.

One of the biggest challenges new managers face is getting on with different people at all levels, and adjusting to the style of each group of people. The foundations from success can be started as soon as you accept the job. Here are some ways you can shine as a new manager.

Engage with people.

Learn people’s names and how they work best to make a good first impression. New managers need to be visible and engaging with their staff as early on as possible. If the role includes reporting to a board, ask to meet them before hand and get to know them a little. Getting to know the team you’ll be managing through a lunch date or coffee break is a good way of finding out who gets on with who and if there are any issues within the team.

Understand office politics.

Every office has it’s own politics and culture, and figuring this out is the key to getting work done. Listen, and only share opinions once you’ve understood the way they work, or you could risk alienating members of your team who feel differently to you. Also, reflecting the dress code of the office within your own attire is a good idea. Even if you wore a suit to your interview, it’ll look odd if everyone else is in jeans.

Find out who is who.

Working out what everyone’s role is within the company will stop you from wasting someone’s time with a question they can’t answer or assigning tasks to the wrong people. Understand the office strategies and priorities is always a great way to get to know the company.

Build a relationship with your boss.

Having a good working relationship with your boss is essential to the company. One way to do this is to understand how they like to work. Be proactive and ask how they would like you to deal with them, either in person, by phone or by email and how often. Getting the communication basics right from day one is a great way to start your career with them.

Have you started as the new boss of a company? How did you fit in? Let us know!