Things change when you get promoted and go from being just another employee to a manager above your former peers. To make the move as smooth as possible, take this advice fromexperts rounded up by Time reporter Daniel Bortz.
Conduct one-on-one meetings. Talk to each person you’re now leading about their goals, challenges and what they’re working on. This will help you achieve buy-in.
If you have been promoted over a colleague, address it, to alleviate any questions whether you can work together.
Pull back from the social scene. When you’re the boss, people need time to vent about you, so give them space. For example, come to happy hour but only stay for one drink.
Demonstrate you don’t play favorites. Develop metrics for making difficult decisions about people and their ideas—and be transparent about those metrics—to show you aren’t favoring old friends.
— Adapted from “How to Deal When You’re Promoted Above Your Peers,” Daniel Bortz, Time Inc. Network.