You might be wondering, what is an accidental manager?
Well – it is exactly what it implies – it refers to an individual who has been promoted to management level without the plan of doing so or the training put in place for them to feel confident enough to carry out managerial tasks.
This, as you can imagine, can put an individual at a puzzled state at work. They are feeling nervous about their newer responsibilities, overwhelmed by needing to meet higher expectations and most importantly feel that they are under-trained for a managerial role.
These situations are sometimes inevitable, whether an employee has to take on the managerial role for short or long term. However there are a number of tips we have gathered for those individuals in this particular position at work to help improve their work-lives and boost their confidence at work – and you never know – they might decide that being a manager is their forte after all!
Read on our top five tips which we have gathered for fledgling managers below:
1. Don’t be too nice.
It is great to praise your hard-working colleagues and reward them, but it is more challenging to confront problems which a colleague’s performance might be causing. Understanding the difference of a manager who rewards those who over perform and avoids to confront the colleagues who are not following the directions of their job role and under-performing is key for a good manager to handle a problematic and core problem at a workplace. As a manager, they should be able to observe a colleague, who is underachieving, the reasons for their lack of performance and productivity and finding out the correct solutions to fix the issues at hand. A good manager will always be keen to look for any issues which need to be solved fairly and productively without sugar-coating the situation for the sake of improving the business operations.
2. Reward your colleagues!
As mentioned in tip number 1, it is a good managerial move to reward the colleagues who are performing well at work. As an example to this, workplaces which can openly reward colleagues who reach and exceed their target goals at work have proved to be develop more productive behaviour at work by thCareers, eir employees, as study finds. Colleagues who have clear objectives and see rewards at the end of their hard work and efforts are more likely to be as productive as they can and likely to over perform.
Check out 1501 ways to reward employees – an eBook by Bob Nelson, which can give you some amazing ideas on how to make your colleagues feel fulfilled.
3. Earn the trust of your colleagues.
Colleagues at first might feel reluctant to approach a newly appointed manager with important or problematic situations at first, whether they feel that it can be intimidating to talk to their seniors or that they simply don’t trust their new leader just yet. It is important for a manager to earn and build trust with colleagues around them so that the colleagues feel that their managers are more approachable and able to communicate any issues with their supervisors.
We have found an article about seven scientifically proven ways to earn trust as a leader, click the link to read more.
4. Manage yourself and your workload too.
For a manager to effectively manage other people, they should be able to firstly and equally manage their own workloads first. A good practice is to set own deadlines, be aware of the changes and the priorities in your task list and scheduling meetings a week prior to the agreed meeting dates for any project and colleague related discussions. If you find that you feel overwhelmed by work piling up on your desktop, deadlines not being met and you’re feeling that being buried under your job role is affecting your productivity, check out this article about the ‘Pomodoro Technique’ – a working style which involved taking short breaks between tasks and carrying out your due tasks in mini-sprints.
5. Be the right role model.
Becoming a manager – even if accidentally – means that the junior members of the team will be more likely to look up them as the leader of their department. They will observe their actions the most, and absorb as much as they can for their personal career growths. It’s a manager’s responsibility to become a good role model for their colleagues and that means the manager should clearly show their good work ethics and demonstrate professionalism at the work place whilst toning down intimidating behaviour all the while. Being a good example is all about having the right attitude, and when a manager can show that they are an exemplary manager, they will no doubt win the trust and support of their other team members.
Check out this infographic on 13 ways to be a role model – created by franksonnenbergonline.com
Becoming an accidental manager doesn’t have to be such a terrifying development in an individual’s career path. At Xtp, we believe that leaders are not born – they are made – by getting access to the right training and guidance to help grow their managerial skills all the while improving their confidence at their newly established positions. You can find out more about our Management Training courses and see what we can do for you by contacting us here.