Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off and you have landed your first management job. This is a sign that you are excelling in your career. Now, not only do you have to worry about your performance, you have to worry about the performance of your team. Your team may consist of former peers, and maybe even friends, so it might feel a little weird that you’re in charge. Don’t worry, everyone faces challenges when supervising others for the first time, especially in the IT industry. Our team at Atlas Consulting has compiled helpful tips to help you survive as a first-time IT manager.
- Accept that you’re still learning, too. Yes, you have worked very hard to get where you are, and have plenty of expertise in your field, but taking charge and leading others requires an entirely new skill set. Be prepared to learn from others, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Communicate. Don’t you hate when you’re not in the loop on the project? It’s something that happens, but try to avoid it happening with your team. Keep your team fully informed of projects, goals, and expectations and communicate throughout the entire process.
- Ask for feedback. If you’re struggling on a project, ask your team for feedback on how to get things rolling again. Some employees don’t like to offer up information on certain issues unless they are prompted to do so. Plus, this shows your employees that you care about their ideas and opinions.
- Recognize the accomplishments of others. We’re not saying to have a formal ceremony every time someone does a good job, but you should publicly acknowledge your employees when they do well.
- Make everyone apart of the big picture. Take time to tell your team how their work directly contributes to the company’s overall objectives and goals. Employees want to feel that their work is valued.
- Be patient. Being a first-time manager isn’t easy, so it’s important to be patient with yourself and with your team. Don’t be afraid to ask for guidance from other leaders within your organization.
These tips are just a few to get you started on your new endeavor. For more information on being a first-time IT manager, contact one of our recruiters today!