Being Liked by the Employees You Supervise
Manager Stream , Power for Managers / February 12, 2018

Being Liked by the Employees You Supervise The dilemma set out in the previous post is whether, as a new supervisor, you should supervise a change to the work that everyone in your group wanted. Under pressure from Candice, your former colleague, now employee, you okayed the change. Candice drops by the next week. Candice: Hey, Mia. We released to the field three weeks earlier than we ever have. Looks like the change really worked. You: Hey, great! Candice: Yeah, everybody’s good with it. It’ll save a bunch of time and work. You:  We should have done it a long time ago. Candice: See, I knew you’d be what we needed. You feel eight feet tall. You’re getting the swing of this! You supervise by listening to your employees and acting accordingly. After all, as Candice said, they know what’s really happening on the ground. Your boss calls you in A week later, Bruno calls you in. You’re pleased. You want to tell him about the success of the change you’ve made. Bruno: How’s it going? You: I think I’m getting the hang of things. Bruno: Uh-huh. I just talked to Noah (a peer supervisor). He didn’t know about the…

Is It Better to Be Respected or Liked as a Supervisor?

Up to now, my posts have been directed at working-level employees. But eventually, especially if you are career-oriented, you will want to move into management which brings its own unique challenges. So this is a new stream directed at a first-time supervisor or those who aspire to the position. It will alternate with the employee stream posts with which you are already familiar. Is It Better to Be Respected or Liked as a Supervisor? So, a promotion. Well done. You have taken over your old boss Albert’s job. You will now be supervising staff who, until you got this new job, were your colleagues. Honestly, this is a tough way to start in management. I think it’s actually easier to supervise people you don’t know in your first supervision job. But a promotion is a promotion and there is the whole thing about gift horses. Here’s a situation you might run into in the early days of your new role. Your first challenge as a supervisor Candice comes into your office. Before you were promoted, you and Candice worked on many projects together. Candice: Hey, nice office! So how does it feel being the big cheese? You: Please. I’m not…