Being boss: Not an easy job

Landing up in a Managerial post finally is a always very exciting but one should remember that newly-minted managers are much closer to being reviled than revered. The chances of inheriting the adverse reaction from the staff that had earlier worked under difficult bosses are always there.

So as soon as one takes the new responsibility s/he should work towards changing the preconceived idea that all bosses are bad.

Here are eight little secrets that every new leader needs to know.

You’re not really their friend anymore

For most workers their greatest hesitation about becoming the boss would be supervising their friends. As a boss s/he can’t ignore a teammate’s weakness or poor performance. The new manager has to hold his/her former peers accountable — and treat the whole team equally, friend or not.

Employees do waste time

But it’s because they’re complaining about you! Most of the employees often spend a lot of time lamenting about the boss, which adds up to a lot of negative energy.

It is best addressed head-on after identifying if it is truly a leadership issue or the ranting of problem employees. Most managers know that poor performers often complain the most. But it raises real concerns from other team members about the skills and behaviours of the boss.

Employees will accept change, if they’re consulted first

Changes at workplace are something that the new boss should not bring in on his own.

The best thing a new

boss can do is ask the

staff what they think should be different.

If they are provided some inputs then it will help them gain control and feel less apprehensive about the change.

Not about you looking good now

It is a unanimous choice that the most respectable quality in a boss is their ability to help them succeed. Even for the boss the change from being evaluated for his/her own achievement to judging those in you team is not that easy. They need to be able to give due credit to the staff what they deserve.

Team doesn’t share your goals

Nothing can be more disturbing than the situation where the boss and his/her team have different priorities. As a leader, the boss has to understand the

different priorities and

help each individual

understand their role in achieving the goal. While doing this he should also know what is important to the employees.

You’re not alone

For many the most concerning thing about becoming the boss is being judged incompetent and this often makes them think that they are not prepared for this new role.

Don’t worry about having employees who don’t like you — they’ll just leave

There is no honeymoon period for new bosses — workers won’t stick around once they realise they have a bad boss, with nearly half finding the door within six months. If employees don’t feel valued by the new boss, they’ll quickly find someplace that will appreciate them. The reason for this might be personality clashes but a bad boss is the top cause. — Agencies