Sara El Kareh
In life, mainly at work, we meet a lot of people – more experienced or less experienced. With time, after hard work, we get promoted to better positions. Sometimes, we get promoted to being manager, and it becomes hard to deal with employees, especially those who seem to be more experienced than we are. It turns to become more uncomfortable when this more experienced person hates you for being promoted, yet he/she refused to take the promotion. You must know how to deal with the situation.
As all beginner managers, this is all new to you. You’re the boss, but you don’t feel like one. And when you see that your job is to manage more experienced employees, the feeling gets weirder and you become more uncomfortable with it.
Read the below tips, and try to make the most of them so you can overcome such unwanted state:
- Usually, when becoming new managers, people tend to defend their feeling of insecurity by acting more superior and arrogant. If you fall for the same thing, you will be hated by everyone and you won’t be able to stay closer to your staff. After all, your job is not to command people but encourage them to work harder.
- Try to find the reason why this particular employee hates your for taking the promotion. Is it the way you are treating him/her? Is it because you are avoiding him/her? Are you being very demanding? Search well for the reason; you might find that it is mainly in your leading style.
- If you wish to make things better between both of you, you can go straight to the point and express how valuable he/she is to the company. Show him/her that you appreciate the hard work and the excellent performance. Try to learn from their experience whenever you get the chance. Doing so correctly, you will gain supporter and not an enemy.
- When getting the position, you should remember your old bosses, and decide accordingly the way you want to lead, and what kind of leader you would like to become.
If you consider yourself qualified for this job and you can meet all the requirements for a successful leader, then you shouldn’t be disturbed by people with great skills. On the contrary, you must be the one to encourage them to improve their skills. After all, not everything they know is something that must be in you.