Hey guys,

Unless I'm blind or havent looked enough, I need some help in regards to managing employees who at one time used to be your co-workers.

In the sense that I used to be a co-worker like everyone else and now have been promoted to the branch manager of the office. I always took on more responsibilities than I needed so the only thing that's really changed is my power, and ability to help employees in a more formal manner.
But how would you approach your employees so they understand that you're now their boss with out them thinking your power tripping so to speak. Getting them to co-operate with you is [i]very difficult [/i] and sometimes they dont even take you seriously.

Any suggestions?

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I understand your concerns, and they're probably overblown.

You're the boss. Trust me, they know it. I would bet that you're being oversensitive to their ignoring you... being a boss is NOT easy, and you're probably (look, sorry here, but the bell curve supports me) struggling to be a great manager, and are making some mistakes.

Supervising former peers is NO different than supervising anyone else. Usually one doesn't notice this until one has to deliver adjusting feedback, and the subordinate gets a funny look, and they "get it." There is no magically different formula, no subtle meeting that needs to happen.

Do one on ones, give feedback, and coach, and set and expect the meeting of high standards. When you get a question that seems to suggest they're going to blow you off because you used to be them, just say, "hey, this is the way it is. We all have jobs to do, and mine is to help you be your best, which includes this task and this standard." If they joke about the new role, just say, "well, it's harder than it looks, and I don't take my responsibilities about being your manager lightly. I'm doing my best."

It'll work out.


Ali's picture

Thanks for the great tips Mark.
I actually ran into this website when I was searching for more information on "one on ones". I need to work more on giving proper feedback which with all the resources available here, I dont see that being a problem.

Once again, thanks.