It is difficult to accept change of any kind, more so in the form of a new boss. So as the new manager of a team, here are some things you can do to get your new team on your side.Meenakshi Vijay
Change is an invaluable element in the universe. It is the test that each one of us experience at various stages in our life. It is an inevitable, yet an important phase that can make or stump a person’s growth process.
At work, there are many aspects of change that we encounter. One of them is inheriting a new team, which in my opinion is often a difficult process. When a team gets a new boss, there is generally an air of discomfort. Having a new boss is like starting all over again to prove your efficiency all over again. Both parties--boss and team member--need to build the bridge of trust to get things on the move.
How then to tackle this?
HR – the bridge builder.
Human Resources play a crucial role in employee relations and management. It would be do a lot of good if the HR department takes the initiative of building the bridge between the two parties.
A positive build up to the new boss would help the team assess and gauge what they can expect. This could be through an orientation programme with the team or sharing a simple profile of the new manager.
The HR team should in turn share the profiles of the team members to the joining manager. A short note on each with their photos will help the new manager little prepared on day one. This actually will serve as an ice-breaker for both the parties.
Tackling the first impression
With the initial introduction, there is definitely an air of familiarity, which sets the stage to take things further.
Being a little mindful and playing to the strength of your experience will help not just in your professional growth, it is sure to give unexpected great returns in the long run personally as well.
Having the set the premises of expectations and having fairly established a bond, it is time for you to find out the SWOT of your team members. This is something most managers put in the backburner. Being genuinely interested in your team not only helps you in achieving your goals sooner, it helps build confidence and trust among the team members and a sense of camaraderie.
A word of advice to the team: see the silver lining before you call the clouds dark.
As much as it is difficult to adjust to a new boss, it is equally compelling and stressing for the new boss to inherit a team. Before you rush to judge, do the following:
If yes, then have a heart-to-heart talk with the new boss. There are no two ways to it. Speak on the areas of concern without being emotional. Be practical.If the boss is helping you grow professionally be thankful and learn more.
Make it a win–win situation. Sometimes change brings out the best. Sometimes getting out of your comfort zone is the nudge that you needed to grow as a professional.
Remember in your career growth, you too would inherit a team. What you play today will shape you into the professional you would be tomorrow.
Happy team building!
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