The Biggest Challenges of Being a New Manager

The Biggest Challenges of Being a New Manager

New managers face a number of challenges, but which is the most daunting? According to CFOs interviewed for a Robert Half Management Resources survey, the most difficult part of becoming a manager is balancing individual responsibilities with time spent overseeing staff. Supervising friends or former peers ranked as the second greatest concern.

"Becoming a manager for the first time is not always an easy transition," said Tim Hird, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources. "More than simply adjusting to a new role, moving into a supervisor position requires adapting to others' work styles and needs."

Hird highlighted the importance for bosses of empowering their employees. "New managers do not need to be everything to everyone," he said. "Resist the urge to spread yourself thin trying to meet all the demands that come your way. Delegate projects to capable staff, which frees up time for you and demonstrates confidence in your team."

Robert Half Management Resources offers 10 essential tips for new managers:

  1. Know where to go for help. Learn what resources, including external subject matter experts, are available to you and where you can turn with questions.
  2. Identify a mentor. If there is no formal mentoring program, find another manager you can tap for advice or a star peer whose best attributes you want to model.
  3. Make sure you have enough staff. Nobody can be successful without adequate support. Bring in new hires and interim professionals as needed.
  4. Set expectations. Work with your manager to develop a 30-, 60- and 90-day plan. Communicate the goals to staff to ensure you have a shared vision of success.

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