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Congratulations, you’re becoming a manager for the first time! You wake up excited and get settled into your workspace, while powering on your computer, you realize that establishing your presence will be essential towards fostering a supportive remote team environment. It’s already feeling like an adjustment from your previous role as an expert in your trade, to now supporting your team towards achieving their goals. You might be wondering how you’ll adjust as a first-time manager.
We’ve outlined our top new manager tips to help when it comes to leading a team in a remote work environment. Check out how you can set yourself up to be an effective leader within your first 30 days as a new remote manager.
This is a time to watch, listen and ask questions. Be sure you understand the full context you’re walking into on a company, team and individual level. This will contribute to developing an empathetic and supportive managerial style and ensure your first steps as a new manager come from an informed place.
With this new role will come many questions and uncertainties. That’s normal! Find a mentor with whom you can trust to brainstorm ideas, confide in, and learn from. Asking for help is a key part of developing as a first-time manager and a humble leader.
Another effective new manager tip is to state your values as a leader by reminding your team that you’re new to the role and will be learning along the way. Express what type of leader you hope to be and how you plan to accompany the team to success. Then, learn what each employee values, how they want to develop, and their expectations of you, during one-on-one sessions.
Ensure team goals are clearly defined and set goals for yourself as well so you can track your own development. As you move forward, defining and clarifying goals will be integral for your team to move in the right direction and understand how their contribution impacts the larger business goals.
Ever catch yourself saying “I’ll remember that!” only to find yourself unclear about that same thought? Keeping a daily journal to reflect on your learnings, questions and observations helps ensure that important snippets of knowledge don’t get lost. Documenting the changes and challenges you face as a remote new manager, versus an in-office specialist will be the first step. How are you feeling, what are your concerns, who do you need to reach out to, what support do you need?
How you show up for yourself and others makes a difference. While working remotely, your team needs to know that you’re there for them, despite the distance. We know that this can be tough when you can’t exactly knock on their door, chat over coffee or lunch. As a remote manager, there are some great ways to establish your presence without being assertive or aggressive.
Transitioning from employee to manager successfully takes time and requires that you be open to the understanding that you have a lot to learn! Building a relationship with a mentor is a key element to equipping yourself as a supportive manager with a robust toolkit. Like your team, you are also developing your skills and learning innovative and helpful ways to keep your team moving forward. Stay curious, and don’t be afraid to be vulnerable and ask for help when you need it.
Your greatest tool as a new manager will be the honest feedback you receive. The best way to grow is to gain perspective on where you’re doing well, and where you can improve. Ask for feedback as often as possible either face-to-face or using Officevibe – every new manager’s hack to easily understand their team’s needs – so employees can share their feedback anonymously.
Keep your team engaged, motivated and inspired by recognizing their work and the way they show up for one another. By emphasizing that you are aware of their progress, your team will feel appreciated, further motivating them to make valuable contributions.
Becoming a new manager is one thing. Starting the job remotely is another. Building a trusted and supportive environment is essential and our top for new manager tips will move you along the path to success, from day one. While it may not always be easy, know that it takes patience and we’re here to help you along the way. Check out the Officevibe Blog for more helpful content!
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