PMM 13: Supervising Your Friends
Are you a new supervisor? And if you are, are you supervising people who were once your colleagues? Make no mistake, it can be an uphill battle being thrust into the leadership and supervision of people who were once your friends, confidantes and lunch companions.
Here are some tips to make the transition a little smoother so that you are still held in high esteem by the people you work with and who now work for you.
1. Be modest. Never gloat! AND while you do have to establish new boundaries don’t be a hard ass for no reason.
2. Speaking of boundaries, make no mistake, they will need to be established. But ease into them. Most people will fall in line and fall back. Your work friends probably won’t invite you to lunch as often or even at all. And that’s ok! Change is inevitable if you are ambitious. It’s how you handle the changes that make you a good or bad leader. And eventually, if you do it right, those occasional lunch dates will also ease back in your schedule.
3. Then there’s the other side of the coin. Don’t get all bent out of shape when you are treated a little differently. As a supervisor, you have new responsibilities and your friends will be cautious. It is work after all and sometimes the goals, ideals and priorities will be mismatched.
4. Chances are that you are aware of the ambitions and ideas of the people who you once hung out with. Perhaps and if appropriate, you may want to consider lifting as you climb and providing new opportunities for your supervisees.
5. Finally, try to resist the temptation of changing the office culture in one day. It may be tempting but probably not a great idea. The stuff you and your colleagues didn’t like about work prior to being in charge, you may soon discover were necessary for reasons weren’t privy to before now.
If this is you, congrats and hang in there. #powermovemonday #solutionsnot resolutions You got this!