What’s the number one perk of getting that new job? Panic attacks.
You’ve got a new employee, David, on the scene, stepping into a new position, and he feels like he is in over his head—barely hanging on, questioning why he wanted the new position. He mulls over in his head how would rather be comfortable with his old position instead of stressed and rushed to learn new skills.
You’re the manager of employees dealing with the stress of a new job. How are you going to help them keep their heads above water and eventually get the stroke down? Your people are seeking help, guidance, and training from you. You are the leader and know-it-all for good reasons.
How to help David get a grip:
- Set up frequent meetings to help David get on track—not to micromanage, but to effectively prioritize, inform, and organize his new duties. We all need a coach to help us play the game well.
- Make every effort to give encouragement and constructive feedback.
- Always be available for when he approaches you with questions about his job. Don’t do the work for him—it’s good for your employees step up to the plate. See how much he can figure out in their new position and step in when you see they’ve hit a wall. You can give moments of clarity that will help David continue to press forward.
- Encourage participation, taking risks, and leading from their new position. You gave him this new job because he is capable, so let him be.
Let employees know where you stand, how you see them, and what it really takes to become a great leader. Although David might be nervous to step out and really own his job, it’s easy to relieve that stress when his manager believes in him.
“Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” ~ Vince Lombardi