Becoming a young manager and employer – Not impossible!

Stepping up in your career is an exciting change but it also can be a difficult challenge for some of us. If you are becoming a manager at a young age, it’s even tougher. We share key points of what to keep in mind and how to behave in situations when becoming a young manager.

Becoming a manager sometimes means, that you need to manage your friends or colleagues you used to work with. Your work relationship will change and you need to be aware of it and communicate it to them.

Often you need to start managing staff who are older than you. It could mean, that you will be challenged by them or receive negative comments about your ability to manage the team because of your age.

What can you do in that situation?
As a new manager, you need to develop your management skills and knowledge to ensure the smooth running of the business and keep the staff satisfied and happy at the same time.
Don’t worry if you make mistakes, because those mistakes will help you to gain more experience.

Having difficult conversations and solving issues will give you the perfect opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills.

Let’s have a look at some examples of how can you manage your team.

  • Communication

Communication is a key point when you are a manager. You need to constantly communicate information to employees. For example about jobs and performance, the organisation’s performance or any changes.
Employees will also approach you, as you are their direct manager and their issues need to be communicated and solved.

  • Performance Management

Performance management is central to the relationship between managers and employees.
When the performance is managed well, the employees will be more likely to be engaged in their work and perform better. You can measure performance by setting objectives/targets or expected behaviours to achieve.

  • Having difficult conversations

There will be times when you have to face your employees and give them bad news and have a difficult conversation. It can be related to their performance or cutting someone’s hours.

Whatever is the topic, you should not delay the conversation and put off dealing with it. – it could make the problem worse.

You need to be prepared to address the issue clearly and prepare for any questions might be asked. Give them an opportunity to respond and listen what they say.

Becoming a manager at a young age can be very difficult. Try to learn as much as possible from your manager colleagues and always listen to your employees.

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