By Sthitaprajnya Panigrahi
Promotion at work is a big milestone in everyone’s career, and one the person knows the efforts he/she has put to achieve the position. It is okay to pause for a moment to applaud yourself and celebrate this occasion that guided you to land in the promotion opportunities. Once this phase of celebration is over, it’s time to plan out your roles and functions in the new position. Change in position brings not only new responsibilities for promoted employees but also tests their ability to lead as a professional. Right after promotion, the employees need to establish a new communication strategy within the organization and try to reconsider the relationship with their fellow colleagues. Sometimes, the personal and professional relationship usually fail to align and doesn’t reflect suitably because as a person’s behaviour changes in official hierarchy, it also brings significant change in the person’s attitude as well.
As a smart employee, you need to figure out how you’re going to make a positive impact, for you, your peers, as well as your organization in this new position. Some of the tips are mentioned below that will help you to transition into your new role, meanwhile ensuring your short-term and long-term success.
From the moment you are promoted, you’re in charge of everything that happens in your team. Meet with each person individually and get a clear picture of his/her roles and responsibilities, so that, you can fairly evaluate the workload and the performance outcome. Also, a personal meeting helps to erase possible doubts and/or discontent with your promotion at the earliest stage of your leadership. Talk to your co-workers about the changes in your professional life and their value in your life. Let them know you are there to support them and help them succeed.
After rising to a higher position in the company, you need not avoid everyone. As a senior executive, you should help people achieve their goals. Ensure that your attitude toward each employee should be conveniently friendly and respectful. But you should not do favors or give in to someone’s demands just because you used to be better friends with the person before your promotion, or else, you’re going to be seen as a weak-willed person and your peers will undermine your authority as a leader.
A good team defines a good leader; hence, you must value each of your teammates and be open to their ideas and suggestions. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice if you need one and listen carefully to others suggestions. However, you must take the decisions and lead the way to ensure success for your team.
Things may turn out in your favor or go in an opposite direction. Be optimistic and have a firm set of goals ahead of you. This is not the last stop and many more hurdles are yet to come. Your peers will come forward to sincerely support your leadership and becoming a grumpy boss will not be a proper way to improve relationship.