How To Deal With Getting A New Manager At Work


Many students and recent grads look to their managers to set the tone for their current and future working relationships.

There is comfort in having worked for a manager for a period of time – they know the way you think, they have trust in your abilities, and they know the best way to coach you.

So how do you start all over again when you get a new manager? It’s a scary time, but also a great opportunity to grow your skills and be challenged by a new perspective.

It’s very important for student and entry-level employees to be open, build credibility, and want the new reporting line to work.

Here are some tips if you have a new manager:

If possible, speak with your current manager about the transition they are completing with your new manager before it takes place. If you had an open relationship with your previous manager, you can help shape this discussion by highlighting key things that really work in your current relationship.

If your current manager is unable to have a transition with your new manager, take matters into your own hands. Put together a “get to know me” email with your job description, org chart of your team (if applicable), previous performance review, and current targets and goals. Book a meeting with your new manager to get to know each other, walk through your current work load, and review your goals.

Come in open minded

Your new manager is going to likely operate differently, so you should seek to understand their perspective. Don’t make snap judgments.

Ask questions

This is tied to not making quick decisions or judgments. Ask questions to seek understanding about changes your new manager is making if they aren’t giving you the rationale or background.

Deliver results

Delivering results with a great attitude is the best way to will build your personal credibility with a new manager.

Be open and transparent

Open conversation and transparency will work well on both sides to create a strong relationship. Good luck!

Have you recently had a new manager? What do you think they did well to support you? What do you think you did well to set your new manager up and make them look good? Reading the above tips, what would you have done differently?

Please share your experiences and tips in the comments below.

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About the author

Chelsea Newton is the Senior Talent Management Advisor at Athabasca Oil Sands Corp. Additionally, Chelsea is the President of Talent Formula, a speaking and consulting company that works with organizations and universities in recruiting, coaching and engaging millennials. Chelsea has built campus recruiting programs in over 12 countries around the world, including Canada, the United States, China and Russia. You can follow @Chelsea_Newton on Twitter and read her blog here.