Accepting a management role brings with it more responsibility which usually also means more job stress. If you are to be successful, you do have to know how to handle stress and this can be difficult especially when you are managing people for the first time. It is not just pressure from the employees in your team but also others that may be in higher management positions who you are answerable to. It is a key leadership skill to be able to thrive in these situations and if you can accomplish that, you’ll have a greater chance of long term success.
A primary skill that you must strive to learn early on is result-focused planning, while targeting the significant tasks that demand attention from you. As a manager it is your job to get your team to do the work under your management and direction, so learning to delegate is key. This involves being seen by your employees as being always willing to help, but on your terms, with due respect for your other responsibilities. To make this easier, you could ask senior members of your team to field inquiries that fall within their capabilities, and also provide some training on the matter.
There will be instances when unpopular decisions must be made and this may be due to situations that are outside of your control. A difficult situation could then come up, where you have to take care of issues with staff members who feel hard done by. If you are open with people and give them the facts, you can expect to get more respect and if you accept that what you have to say is not going to always be popular then there is not any need for you to spend a lot of time worrying about it. Clashes can at times involve strong words being used; these need to be forgiven and forgotten as soon as resolution is reached and not be dwelled upon.
If you find yourself working too long hours that is a sign that you are taking on way too many tasks or not effectively managing your days. Work smarter, not harder, is a lesson you must learn to be successful and reduce the stress of your job. And do not be bound to your desk – develop a habit of getting away at particular times or intervals. If you aren’t making progress, it could well be time to speak with a more senior or experienced associate. This way their experience will help you grow wiser and equip you to deal with future problems of a similar nature.
Being a manager does demand fortitude, but you can learn to use stress as an opportunity to grow and thrive, by choosing what you focus on and by enlisting the help of other people when needed.