So you just got a promotion? First of all, congratulations! Celebrations are in order before you focus in on the increased responsibilities of your change in position. But smooth transitions can be elusive, especially if you’re now in the role of a leader or manager over people that were recently your peers. And after the initial excitement that comes with a long-anticipated structural move up the ladder subsides, the next steps can be hazy.
No worries though, I've got a guide to help you tie up the loose ends from your old position, build relationships and the new gig and maintain the work ethic that earned you the upgrade to begin with. And if earning a promotion is on your short-term to-do list, rest assured: I included tips for you too. Onward and upward, indeed.
1) Close the old chapter before starting anew
Just because you’ve earned the new gig, don’t leave stones from your previous position unturned. If you were working on a project, finish it out. Know who your replacement will be? Use the transition period as time to train the newbie: Show them first-hand what it takes during a day-in-the-life of your former position.
2) Go from "bud to boss" like a pro
You may have been able to joke around more when you were a peer of your co-workers. Don’t cut them off and make them feel like their friendship meant nothing, but stay work appropriate, always. Your new position doesn’t make you a new you, just a you with different things on your to-do list.
3) Remember where you came from
Friendships aren’t the most important part of work, but keeping good relationships with co-workers does matter. Keep in touch with the colleagues you built a rapport with in your previous position. If your new position makes it tricky to do so, consider making an effort outside the office to catch up. Draw the line between work and play though: Don’t gossip about internal goings-on that could compromise the integrity of your new position. And don’t worry if you lose a few “friends” along the way. Focus on your supporters, not the detractors.
4) Don't get complacent
Though you should feel at home in your new position, you shouldn’t rest on your laurels. Avoid the temptation to slack off and always remember the work ethic you displayed to get you to where you are. Trust us: Your superiors are expecting that same hard-working employee six months down the line.
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Secure a mentor
Do you have someone to lean on for career counsel? If so, are you properly cultivating the relationship with them? Make sure you’re talking to your mentor about ways you can be constantly approving. They see your work from an outsiders point of view at least one level above you. That’s valuable to your quest for a promotion.
Stay late, pick up that extra assignment
Simply put, if you don’t put in that extra work, you won’t stand out, so go the extra mile. If you can’t stay late, work more efficiently. Do self-evaluations and set personal professional goals. Reach above and beyond the bare minimum to show that you’re capable of handling projects beyond what you’re currently in charge of. It’s not about “sucking up,” it’s about proving the work that you’re capable of handling comfortably.
Keep a team-first, upbeat outlook
Did a co-worker whom you’ve outperformed get the big promotion before you? Are you feeling tired from the abundance of overtime you’re putting in? Remain positive and don’t let it discourage you. Take time to relax at home, and separate how you’re feeling from the work you need to get done. Maintaining that positive attitude will help you to feel better and will reflect better on you as an employee.