Being a new manager is hard. It may be your first management assignment, or you may be the new manager for a crew of people. It’s crucial you start your employee relationships with the right tone and image. Here are 6 tips to help you do this.
- Introduce yourself to the group– Meet with them as a group and introduce yourself. Give them a brief biography and maybe a quirky fact. Let them know that you’ll meet with them each personally over the next few days. The idea to communicate is to let them know that you are here, you care, and you are ready to do a great job for them and the company.
- Meet with employees individually – During this 15-30 minute meeting, ask them questions about their career goals. Ask them what they do well. Ask them what you can help them with as their manager. Ask them what you can do to improve the team or results. Ask them about the things they do well that can help you and the team. Share with them some details about your life – spouse, kids, hobbies, causes and interests. Ask them about their family. It’s important to remember what they are saying. When you are done, take 5 minutes and write down some of the highlights to remember.
- Create quick wins – Based on your initial meetings with employees or within groups, take action on anything quick you can do to improve the team.
- Publish quick wins – Anything you do that immediately improves the team condition or results in the first 30 days should be published / posted to let the team know what changes you were able to make based on their feedback.
- Don’t change anything for 30 days – If the group didn’t ask for the change in your meetings with them, don’t change it the first month. Many groups have a life of their own. It’s good to watch to see how the team interacts and the decisions and actions they make daily. When you introduce change you want, you’ll need to be ready to sell it and the benefits.
- Be fair – Ultimately, there will be those that will attempt to persuade you that an employee is a bad apple. Assume positive intent and judge that employee for the actions they take and the results they get. Address any team concerns only if you sense it cannot wait. Even then, ask questions first to understand the other employee.
I would love to hear any tips you have as a new manager. Please leave a comment! Thank you for reading.