How to Get Started with Your New Boss

July 11, 20165:13 pm1265 views

When you already have a close relationship and feel comfortable working with your previous boss, it might be quite harder for you to get along with the new one. Different people have different different personality traits and characteristics. While a boss is someone who determines the growth path of your career graph, revealing who your new boss is and how he leads the team and manages interdepartmental collaboration is of much significance.

Having a new boss brings about significant difference in a workplace. The new commander’s leadership style, personal characteristics, professionalism, skill sets and proficiency would much likely influence the company’s culture and impact people’s productivity as well. Employees might not be able to instantly accept the changes, and might sometimes need time to adapt to the new leader’s style of working.

However, being a new boss in an office is also not easy. He must be able to recognize the people the future leaders, get adapted to the new workplace culture, rules, regulations, compliances and the organisation’s value system to meet business goals. A new boss needs to be accepted by the employees before he begins to lead the team and set goals to be accomplished after careful understanding of the employee strengths.

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As a HR manager, it is your task to bridge gaps of communication between the new boss and the employees to work together, in synchronisation to meet the long-term business vision.  Also, while your job role might require you to manage the team and supervise the most important assets of your company, a good relationship with the boss is vital for your career growth.

Here are some ways to get started with your new boss :

Get to know your boss

It is not easy to be the new person who has a big authority and power. Instead of waiting for the new boss to initiate processes, it is better for you as a HR manager to help arrange a meeting of the new boss or the project managers with employees to discuss about the working conditions, employee performance and the daily working process.

Find out expectations of your new boss through direct interaction or through a conversation with the HR department and note some key points of changes the boss’ foresees in team workings through time. This will help you draw a clear understanding on what your boss or current employer wants and accordingly adapt to the new environment.

Keep in mind that every boss has their own ways to communicate. Your previous boss perhaps loved to have a direct discussion with his employees, however the new one might be keen on effective email correspondence and chats.

Accept the changes

After close observations, and analyzing the reports to evaluate the company’s goals and achievements, your new boss would make some very important changes like restructuring staff, redirecting talent to the jobs they enjoy the most, conduct weekly roundup meetings, discuss about company’s culture and employee’s professional goals.

Be prepared to accept these new changes in styles of working and leadership from the new leader on board and do not take it personally.

As a HR manager, you should remind yourself and the employees to give the new boss some room to apply his leadership skills. Avoid productivity burnouts and emotions influencing employees’ attitudes towards work as this could dampen the employees’ interest and the new boss recognition.

Who loves to be rejected in his new power? Instead of directly refusing the changes, it is better for you and the colleagues to try executing the new  rules. When there is an issue or obstacles recur, provide the new boss with feedback in the most appropriate manner.

Take advantage of the new slate to carve your niche

Having a new boss might be disturbing in some cases, but take a look more closely on the positive transformations that he could bring to the company, being in a position of power. There might be ideas that you and your colleagues could never implement in the previous management. The new boss, indeed is someone different and it is possible for him to reconsider those ideas which were shelved off in the past.

Dealing with a new boss is not easy, however it is equally important to remember that the senior leaders and stakeholders must have decided the best for the company. To start with someone new needs time, thus give the employees much needed space time to adapt and follow the new leadership style.

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