If you have to work with a new supervisor after a change of boss, one thing above all else is required in the job: flexibility and willingness to change. New brooms sweep differently – but that doesn’t have to be bad. See the change of boss as an opportunity for your career that you can actively use.
My new boss: friend or foe?
A new boss can be like a revelation. It cuts off old braids, strengthens morale and motivation in the team, and ensures better results.
However, the opposite is also possible. Instead of bringing a breath of fresh air, a new boss can also establish a kind of reign of terror, be completely haphazard and avoid his responsibility.
These are of course two extreme examples. Which scenario – be it in the forms described or in a completely different one – actually occurs, only becomes apparent after a while. But what is clear from the start: Not only the new boss has to get used to. His employees must also see where they are with him.
Often the cards in the department or the entire company are reshuffled in many ways. The predecessor’s favorites in the executive chair fall out of favor, previous underdogs rise, careers planned well in advance take an unexpected turn. For good and bad.
Of course, everything can go its usual course, but when a manager takes office, a number of subordinates will ask themselves: New boss – what now? The answer is actually quite simple: make the most of it and take advantage of opportunities!
7 tips for the “second” application
In any case, there is no need to mop up immediately. On the contrary: A new boss stands for new opportunities! This is like a second application for you. It is important to use it. You do that when you successfully implement the collaboration with your new manager. For example like this:
- Get involved in the leadership and working style of your new boss. Do not reject everything new from the outset. Avoid statements like “We have always done it this way”.
- Do you have a question for the new boss? Then seek a conversation with him and clarify your respective expectations. For example, you can find out how he measures your performance.
- Show that you are an active employee with initiative and prove that you, as a top performer, do valuable work for him and the company. Inform your supervisor regularly about your work progress.
- Let your boss share your “inside knowledge” and your experience with the peculiarities of the corporate culture. You can also support him with company-specific information during training.
- Openly accept feedback from your manager. In the event of criticism, argue objectively.
- Actively develop a relationship with your new boss. Make sure that he gets the impression of you that you would like to convey to him.
- Attach great importance to the relationship with your new manager. As one of our surveys showed, the relationship with the new supervisor or team is the most important decision point for every fifth person when it comes to choosing between two equal job offers.
Observe closely, wait quietly, act prudently
The tips mentioned are generally promising, but ideally typical. That means: the practice can look different. That depends on your new boss, but also on you.
Not every tip may suit your nature. Or the new supervisor reacts unexpectedly. You should therefore understand the information as a general navigation aid with which you can find your own way. You should therefore also note the following:
- Don’t pretend to be your new boss. There’s no point in playing a role that you can’t hold out in the long run.
- Wait for the right moment to get yourself into the game. Observe how the situation develops before you boisterously arrange a meeting with your new boss. Analyze how he reacts to the advances of colleagues rushing forward.
- Prepare well for the first meeting. Collect and write down the topics that interest you. Go through everything in your mind beforehand and expect typical application questions. After all, “the newcomer” also wants to know who works in his team and how.
- Don’t interrupt your new manager. Listen to what he is saying in a calm and focused manner. If you agree on certain goals with him, write them down.
- Be friendly without drifting into the jovial. Try to appear genuine and neutral at the same time. After all, you don’t know what other colleagues have already told your new boss about you. Let him get his own impression of your personality.
- It is best to understand the first contact as a new application. Because in the end this is exactly what it is about: You want to show what you are made of.
- Take some time off after the appointment so as not to put yourself under pressure.
If you stay true to yourself, listen to your new boss and adapt to him, your career can take a real boost. So position yourself wisely and take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Despite all the effort, a new boss can steer your professional career in an undesirable direction or prove to be a brake on your progress. Then you should think about finding your way around.