Transitioning from Employee to Manager

A manager's transition from employee to manager is often times a difficult one. Individuals who move into first level management must being to think in a systematic way.

Some value tips for employees newly appointed to management positions include the following:

  • Accept that your relationships with co-workers will be different.
  • Recognize that change creates problems for people; introduce it slowly and carefully.
  • Be careful not to play favorites among employees.
  • Do your homework so as to provide a factual basis for decisions.
  • Invite and encourage knowledgeable employees to take initiative.
  • Thoroughly communicate in all directions.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help from formal or informal mentors.
  • Take care of yourself—mentally, emotionally, and physically—to forestall stress.
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