The Post-Promotion Office: How to Make a Successful Shift

August 10th, 2012

We spend eight hours a day with people at work. According to a recent Randstad study relating job satisfaction to workplace friendships, the best strategy for contentment and teamwork in the workplace is to create friendship bonds with co-workers. But what happens to the equilibrium of those friendships in your office when you are recognized for a promotion? It is impossible to be an effective manager without transitioning into the new role properly. Here are some ways you can ensure a smoother transition:

Create Distance.

If your new promotion comes with a new office, this distance will be created for you. However, if your title changes but workspace doesn’t, take some time to revamp your surroundings. Rearranging your furniture might be the most effective change, because it necessitates a shift in muscle memory. Both you and your co-workers will reap the subconscious benefits of this change.

If it is not possible to rearrange your office, try giving your personal touches a once-over and eliminate anything that undermines your credibility. Sure, that birthday card with the sexy swimsuit model your co-worker gave you six months ago might be a hoot, but will your female staff members feel the same in your newly promoted context? Edit your personal effects with the image you would like to portray in mind.

Be Honest and Open Your Transition.

Give your co-workers a heads up that things will be shifting in the coming days and weeks, and let them know that you will struggle with this, too. Gather them and illustrate in a friendly, direct way what specifically will need to be adjusted. Your staff will appreciate and benefit from an outline of the boundaries you need to set, and you will feel relieved that you can communicate what you feel: that you valued the friendships you had with them, but that those friendships cannot operate in the same ways now that you have advanced. Additionally, if you outlined your boundaries publicly, you have a much more solid basis for correction if someone has difficulty adjusting to your new guidelines.

Keep Yourself in Check.

Physical and social distance from people with whom you have had friendships can create feelings of loneliness and isolation for you–and those feelings can make it very tempting to bend your own rules a little and go out for just one happy hour drink with a co-worker or blab a piece of info divulged in a managerial meeting. To avoid this, take good care of your physical, mental and emotional health, and remember the three R’s:

 Remind yourself that objectivity and distance are your best bets for successful management of your team.

Refuse to gossip.

Remain consistent.

 A promotion can seem like an answered prayer, but it can also feel confusing and worrisome when in the context of shifting office dynamics. Following the tips mentioned above can help smooth your post-promotion transition and create a more harmonious environment. Olympic Staffing can help you find candidates who are ready to take on the task of managing your teams. Contact us to begin finding your ideal staff member!