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3 ways to ease the transition from worker to supervisor

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It’s the familiar “bud to boss” problem. When exemplary employees are rewarded with promotion into the management ranks, it’s easy to forget that new supervisors don’t have the same background as others who have always worked on the boss side of things.

Making the change from co-worker to supervisor can be very hard on existing relationships. HR can help make that transition easier by:

1. Being alert to the potential problem. During supervisory training, address how new managers will work with former co-workers.

2. Remembering that new supervisors haven’t had much experience with your employment policies. Give them access to the training—and give them time to absorb what they have learned before they assume supervisory roles.

3. Anticipating trouble spots. For example, be on the lookout for biased attitudes that you may not have recognized when the new boss was still working in the rank and file. Ensure that all new managers receive training on their responsibility to prevent and identify discrimination and harassment.

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