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4 Critical Steps You Need to Take When You Become a Manager

When you first become a manager you feel on top of the world, but at the same time completely panicked. Your first managerial role is daunting, and often you will have to figure things out as you go along. But don’t panic – you can take your first steps as a manager more confidently by following these key processes.


  1. Meet Your Boss

The first thing you need is an in-depth, one-to-one discussion with your manager about how they want you to manage the department, what your role will be, where your targets lie, and what you need to know about the role. You need to discuss key issues with your boss like how the department is organised, that objectives your team needs to accomplish, how goals are currently tracked and measured, and who is currently handling each type of project.


  1. Meet Your HR Department

You may have an assigned HR manager now you are running a managerial role, and it is a good idea to meet with them early on so that you can find out the specifics of the new role, its compensations, and also how the people in your team are getting paid and any issues you need to discover about the team. Meeting with HR gives you a good chance of understanding as much as you can about the team you will be managing, so that you identify any issues and look to see where people’s strengths and weaknesses lie.


  1. Meet Your Team

Meet your new team individually and as a group. Meeting one-to-one with the team helps you to understand people personally, and gives people the chance to discuss any concerns they have.  You should discuss each person’s role with them and what they do on a day to day basis, as well as the key targets they are responsible for meeting. When you meet with the team as a group it is a good idea to share information about yourself as well as find out about your team.


  1. Learn About the Department

Look at the different processes in the department, the ways things work, and the targets and objectives that are currently being met – or not. Look at the issues people are having with their roles, and where things are working well. If something isn’t working and it hasn’t been fixed, look at the reasons why. You should also look at getting some LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT TRAINING. It is a good way of identifying your own strengths and weaknesses so you are in the best place to take on this new step in your career.



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