Taking on a management job brings with it more responsibility which usually also means more job stress. If you are to be successful, you have to know how to deal with stress and this can be hard especially when you are managing people for the first time. The pressure can seem to come from all over the place; from more senior managers whom you report to and from staff members that you are in charge of. An important skill for success as a manager in the longer term is to remain unflustered and develop the ability to lead and thrive in such an environment.
One of the first skills you must develop to make your role easier is effective planning and learning to focus on the crucial responsibilities that need your attention. A key element in mastering this is the ability to delegate and allow your group to do the work while you are freed up to manage them and their work diligently. Consequently, you need to strike a balance between helping your workers as well as making it clear when you do not want to be disturbed. 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.
Part of a manager’s lot is that often decisions need to be made which your team may not like, no matter that these may be forced by elements you don’t control. This might mean you being called on to handle situations with unhappy staff members, which at first can be overwhelming. If you are open with people and give them the facts, you are going to get more respect and if you accept that what you have to say will not always be popular then there is no need for you to spend a lot of time worrying about it. Particularly with issues of conflict, it’s best to reach resolution as quickly as possible and move on, leaving behind any unpleasant exchanges that may occurred.
If you are working too long hours that is a sign that you are taking on too many tasks or not effectively managing your days. That is not the path to being successful and stress-free; as a manager you should be more discerning and make more intelligent choices concerning your workday. And you should not be chained to your desk – develop a habit of getting away at particular times or intervals. When you’re feeling stumped, the remedy may well be to discuss the problem with somebody who is more senior. In this way their experience will help you grow wiser and equip you to deal with future problems of a similar nature.
Stress is a manager’s companion, but rather than weigh you down it can be an ally in your development, so long as you remember to ask for assistance when you need it and if you concentrate on the vital things.