The Game Changers
By Temitope Azeez
Sep. 3, 2019
Sometimes you get to a certain stage with all your HR projects and believe there is nothing more to be accomplished. This is not the case for me.
This roller coaster of an HR ride has been awesome in revealing that your job as an HR professional is never done and you can always find something that needs improving. This month it’s been the challenge around setting up a transition programme for new managers and team leads.
I run a weekly barometer across all countries, and I love that my colleagues have taken to owning their self-development. From this barometer has come suggestions on how we can better help new managers and team leads transit better into their new roles.
It might come as a shock to you that this is an issue, but it is. Generally, people are promoted more for their technical capabilities whilst paying less attention to the softer side of things like managing and communicating with a team, developing a team, influencing a team and sustaining a performing team.
All of this has become critical to the success of new managers and team leads because now they are no longer just individuals working within a team, they are in charge of managing one. Some of the challenges faced so far have been:
The list is endless.
This has spurred the new programme I have set up to address this. Consider it more like an in-house certification track where you need to go through five stages to earn a certificate of completion for the programme certifying you as an effective manager or leader once there is a chance that you would be promoted, or you have been promoted and also for those who already are managers within the system.
So many programmes exist externally, but I believe first in setting up one customized to your organization that utilizes internal resources. Later in some of these stages there can be considerations for including external support.
Here are some considerations in setting up your own internal manager transition programme:
Just like any certification programme I also recommend a reflection on the following questions
I hope you found this helpful, and I look forward to seeing comments on what you are doing in your organization to help new managers and team leads transit into their new roles.
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