Getting a promotion in your organization builds up a lot of things, including higher pay, new role, and responsibilities, the feeling of getting a fair reward for hard work, and motivation to work harder.
But research suggested that it is one of the most stressful times for an employee. Six out of 10 employees suggested that their first-time promotion was the second most stressful period of their lives.
Why is it so? The reason might lie with a few factors, including the difficulty newly promoted employees have to face because with managing relationships with past co-workers and any ensuing negative attitudes.They also feel an added pressure to be more accountable and apply new skills towards new responsibilities.
This makes sense, since a majority of employees get their promotion on the basis of performance appraisal. The skills they used for their previous role does not specifically need to align with the higher level managerial skills required.
How can you prepare for it?
So, what’s the solution? How can an employee prepare themselves for these new challenges they might have to face after their promotion?
The answer lies in preparation and continuous learning from mistakes. The preparation helps in building the right attitude, behaviors, and beliefs that match with the role of manager.
A few issues and how to prepare yourself for their transition are following:
- Difficulty in managing co-workers:
The first thing to understand here is that your relationship with your colleagues after your promotion won’t be the same as it was earlier, now you are higher up in the hierarchy and need to lead them for the organization.
Next, you can communicate this to your coworkers by setting up a few discussion sessions in which you can identify as well as clarify mutual needs and expectations with your teammates.
Try to ask yourself a few following questions to have clear thoughts for the discussions:
- On what reasons you accepted this promotion?
- What do you wish to achieve now at this position?
- If there’s someone else who is contending for your position, how should you address them?
- How will you make sure people will receive fair rewards and appraisals under you?
- Thinking you have to do it alone:
Getting a new position does come with new responsibilities and at first might seem like you have to do a lot of things alone, therefore, try to rely on other people in similar positions to gain their inputs to improve your managerial skills.
You can also find a mentor that can help you to get through this transition smoothly.
Being a new manager does also introduce concepts such as delegation of work to the team, hence as a manager, you need to consider which work needs to be delegated and to whom.
Try to reflect upon the following few questions before delegating work:
- Are you giving enough time and resources for this delegated work?
- Does this person have enough skills to do this delegated work?
- If the person is putting in extra hours then how can you reward them for it?
- Making an exception for a single employee without realizing the effects:
A challenge often faced by new managers to get liked by their subordinates is by making exceptions for them.
This might result in getting support from that particular employee but it builds a feeling of injustice and unfair treatment in the rest of the employees.
Therefore, managers need to ask themselves, “how fair this decision is to the rest of the team?” before taking a decision for any employee!
- Being a micromanager:
Most employees that get promoted are high-performing individuals hence they might expect their subordinates to perform as they do.
Although this might help employees to increase their performance, it can also build negative feelings and a lack of trust within them.
Therefore, new managers need to give some kind of freedom to their subordinates so that they focus on the result, not on the process while making sure that they are always available to help them.
Pro tip: Get 360-degree feedback from employees to see where you need to work in your managerial skills and communicate whenever you find yourself in a conflict or confusion.
The transition of a co-worker to manager is one of the most crucial for the individual as well as the team dynamics. With the new role came new responsibilities and challenges. The first step to prepare yourself to overcome this transition smoothly is by changing some of your attitudes and beliefs to build the confidence that your new position demands.