You’ve just been promoted! You’ve worked hard, proven yourself, maintained positive relationships with your co-workers (many of whom have become close friends), and you are looking to celebrate. Hmm…who do you invite out for a celebratory night? This could be complicated as several people in your “hang-out crew” now report to you. Will they be supportive? Jealous? Uncomfortable going out with their new “boss”? All good questions. How can you easily transition from co-worker to boss while still maintaining your friendships?
Everyone who enters the workforce has something in common. They all have embarked upon a first full-time job search. There is a lot riding on it, but it is a completely new experience. Sometimes there is uncertainty about the process and a lack of awareness in the working world. Here are a few nuggets to keep in mind when setting out on the journey. Related: 11 Smart Tips For Finding A Job After College
It’s time for the big interview. You usually only get one chance to make that first impression, so there is a lot riding on this meeting. Interviews make people nervous, and nerves make people do strange things. Dry mouth, perspiration, and constant fidgeting are just a few of the ways the body manifests discomfort. Related: 5 Tips For Making The Best Impression In An Interview As uncomfortable as it all feels, it is normal. Most managers are used to meeting with nervous candidates. It is not completely a bad thing. For the most part, when an applicant is nervous, it is because he or she wants to make a good impression and does not want to miss out on an opportunity. Virtually every hiring manager has been on the other side of the table. Nervousness is normal, but there are other ways, that often go undetected, where candidates can give a wrong impression in an interview.
The ever-important networking event. Some people love them. Others hate them. No matter how you feel about them, it is hard to ignore their value. Regardless of what line of work someone is in, being able to get out and talk to new people and make connections is valuable. For a lot of people, networking events can generate leads or new business opportunities. Others are able to find new employment or opportunities to collaborate. Most importantly, networking events allow participants to get to know people within a community; whether it be a geographic community (e.g., regional chamber of commerce) or a community of practice (e.g., a meeting of a professional or trade organization). Related: 18 Easy Conversation Starters For Networking Events While different people may have different motivations for attending a networking event, one thing is for sure, everyone wants to make a good impression. It is possible to be memorable for the wrong reasons. Making a good, memorable impression at a networking event can pay dividends in both the short- and long-run.
The workplace is a dynamic place. Unfortunately, any time multiple humans get together, there is potential for conflict. Disagreements in the workplace can be unpleasant. Assuming two people are at odds with one another, that negative vibe can quickly spread through a team or organization. Related: How To Deal With Conflict In The Workplace It is almost a guarantee that into each career some disagreement will fall. It would be impossible to always agree on strategy and tactics with colleagues. It would also be counterproductive to always have agreement in the workplace. Encouraging and promoting different ideas and perspectives are key to coming up with solutions and teams performing at high levels. The task becomes determining if a disagreement is healthy. If it is unhealthy, it can be difficult to diagnose and solve the problem. No matter how much people say, “Let it go, it’s just work,” that is easier said than done. When people put so much into their career and job, it often becomes worth it to try to understand disagreements. Navigating these squalls can go a long way to saving or strengthening relationships, and improving one’s professional reputation.
It’s exciting, no doubt about it. Your expertise, hard work, and perseverance paid off. You got the big promotion you were working toward. Then, along with exuberance, reality sets in with a bit of nerves for this new challenge. Now you have to deliver. Related: How To Deal With Getting Promoted Above Your Peers Even though promotions are exhilarating, they can also leave recipients uneasy about the change. Going from a position you had proven yourself in to a position with some inherent uncertainty will put a knot in the most confident stomachs. Oftentimes, the easiest kind of promotion is where you’re promoted into a new environment with a new team to work with. That is like a clean slate. Much harder can be the transition within a business unit. Not to mention, the move from peer to boss can definitely be a minefield. Like it or not, we create an identity at work and many of our co-workers identify us with our role. Change our role or give us more responsibility, and people around us sometimes have difficulty adapting. There are also occasions where the person promoted has difficulty adjusting. Let’s take a look at some of the steps the newly promoted can take to ensure a smooth, effective transition.
In almost every office, there are ‘lucky’ employees given formidable projects like setting up a new department or coming up with strategies for re-branding the company. Then, of course, there are those assigned to do the so-called grunt work such as alphabetizing clients' files, updating suppliers' contact details, and organizing meetings.