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Being the new boss - Managing change in your team
Make a great first impression
- Brief the powers above you on your strategic approach and align your thinking
- Take time to get to know everyone in your team and give them all a chance to speak
- Gather the collective insights and formulate a plan
- Communicate the plan clearly both upwards and with your team
The chances are the employee has weighed up the pros and cons of staying/leaving already, but in the little time you’ve been working with them, you may have learned enough to know that they are worth fighting to keep. Don’t get sucked into giving away a salary increase though if the person isn’t really worth it or it will disrupt harmony within the wider team.
Use the remaining time with them effectively
If the employee’s mind is made up or a counter-offer is not a route you wish to go down, then the clock is ticking until the person leaves the business and takes with them priceless knowledge. Talk openly with the departing employee – find out why they are leaving, learn as much as you can from them about the way the business is run, get the good, the bad and the ugly, plan out a handover strategy and make the last days and weeks of their time with you as profitable as possible. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.
In the little time you’ve been working with a direct report, you may have learned enough to know that they are worth fighting to keep.
Learn lessons from their reasons for leaving
In some instances, your arrival will upset people in the team you’re joining – perhaps because of a personality clash, or they especially liked the previous manager and don’t feel you can come close to living up to them, or simply because they wanted your job themselves and were over-looked. Whatever the reason, try to understand it and make changes to prevent further unrest within the team.
Turning a negative into a positive
Make your mark, free from dissenters
Having started a new job, learnt the ropes and bedded into daily tasks, it’s time to start making an impression and doing things your way. It’s worth noting that this might only be possible if certain individuals, who would have caused obstructions and clashed with you, have since parted ways with your business.
Bring in fresh thinking
Being new to the company it’s almost certain that you will be bringing a new perspective to many things, but there are advantages to bringing in others that will do the same day-to-day. The employee who resigned may well have been in the role for some time and could easily have become stuck in their ways.
Grow your own team
Having an appointment to make so early in your new position gives you a chance to build a team that is your responsibility and will be loyal to you – assuming you manage them well. Nothing fosters morale like a team that is all new together and sharing regular discoveries and insights.
- The counter-offer
- Use the remaining time with them effectively
- Learn lessons from their reasons for leaving
- Make your mark, free from dissenters
- Bring in fresh thinking
- Grow your own team