Tips for Adjusting to a Promotion

Sep 14th, 2011 by Krista Ogburn Francis in Workplace

young leaders2 150x150 Tips for Adjusting to a PromotionBeing promoted is exciting. Promotions bring celebration and an opportunity for new growth. Anticipating and preparing for the transition can help professionals feel more at ease in the new post. Preparation can help ease potential awkwardness that may come as the “honeymoon stage” of the new job wears off.

The most important thing to remember is to optimize the initial phase of your new position. This first stage of the promotion is an opportunity to get to know the roles and responsibilities of everyone you will oversee, or work alongside. Talk to your team to learn about the different jobs and how they fit together. Make notes of people’s names, general duties and ask questions including who fills in for them when they are out of the office. Do not make immediate changes. It is important to get a clear idea of where things stand before you start making adjustments. When you are beginning the new position, colleagues may feel more comfortable being candid about what is working and where they would like to see change. Not only will you better understand the role of the individuals in your organization, but you will also gain knowledge about how to create the best teams for projects.

Take the time to listen to your new team. If employees feel that you will listen to them, then they will be more likely to support you. Listening can also help you figure out whom to delegate which tasks to as your responsibilities increase. Communicating well with your team may uncover new possibilities within the present staff. Assessing which employees may be willing to take on more responsibilities in can save you time and money.

In the beginning of a promotion, you will also want to learn all you can about the HR policies, procedures and guidelines that you would not have been privy to in your previous roles. You might have to deal with additional HR procedures, such as hiring and payroll. Make an appointment with HR when you first get promoted. This will give you time to learn any new information before potentially making a mistake.

During the transition period of your new promotion you might need to re-assess the time and ways you socialize with peers who are also friends. Going from peer to boss might require a change in your interactions. For example, if you have previously engaged in casual banter about other team members, you will now have to refrain from such comments. It is vital that everyone on your team feel equally valued. You should handle these situations honestly and directly. Making sure employees feel that you are operating on a level playing field will encourage involvement as you begin to create goals and plans.

As you move into your new position, you can begin making plans. Be sure to include future goals, your expectations and who will take over tasks if an emergency occurs. Leading into your promotion with a detailed understanding of the key facets in your organization will help you build camaraderie and set you up for success in your short term and long term goals for years to come.


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