Responding To Change At Work

United States
October 13, 2008 6:27pm CST
I found out on friday that I was getting promoted to a management position within the same department I have been working in for the past 14 months. A couple other members of the same department (both with considerably more experience at that office than me) also applied for the position yet I was the one who got the promotion. Everyone appears to be very receptive to the announcement (which was made this morning), but I am wondering if I am going to get resistance from some of the "old timers" within the department, as I am still very new to the office, and now I am their boss. I am not intimidated by the possibility, but I guess what I am asking is, if you were in a similar situation (and maybe some of you have been), how did you respond to this kind of news?
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13 responses
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
13 Oct 08
Congratulations! If you recieved the promotion, you exhibited the talents and abilities that the position called for. Time at a job doesn't necessarily mean that some one is management material. Perhaps you got the nod BECAUSE you are new, and will bring new ideas and energies. You may hear a bit of grumbling from the 'old timers', but stay cheerful, treat people respectfully, do your job & they will come around. Remember that while they may not be management material, they are still valuable and experienced members of the company. Again, congrats & I bet you'll do great!
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
13 Oct 08
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• United States
14 Oct 08
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• India
14 Oct 08
responding to changes at work is so hard some times we cant be able to adjust to some kind of situations but some times i we are so much disgusted with the current themes and startagies we will need to change the working environment it will give better results
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@arunmails (3013)
• India
14 Oct 08
If I was happen to be in same kind of situation, I will be like the boss when in the working times.... Its the duty of the boss to be like boss...a friend.... and a respectful man.... Apart from working time... I will be like a person who is junior to them...
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
13 Oct 08
I would bask in the glory of such news! Congratulations, skwongwriter. I'm sure the higher-ups saw something in you that made them believe you are ready and capable of the promotion and position. I've had a similar experience but in a less professional setting. I got promoted into becoming a manager at a café I used to work at. I've only been there for 3 months and I got promoted over those that have been there way longer. A few of them were openly questioning why I got it and the same people would also congratulate me at the same time telling me they didn't want the position anyway if it was offered to them. Anyway, I just took on the responsibilities and they just ultimately got used to the idea that I supervise them and not the other way around. Good luck! And you can do it! I'm sure most of your co-workers are happy for you and are more than willing to work with and for you.
• United States
14 Oct 08
Wow, thank you so much for your words of encouragement and congrulations. I really appreciate it and appreciate you taking the time to respond. It helps knowing that others perceive it in the way that I was hoping they would, and your response was an affirmation of that for me. Thanks again.
@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Thanks sksongwriter for the BR. That was fast. I'm glad you got some affirmation from my response but remember, you did it yourself so you should give yourself a pat in the back too. Good luck and congratulations once again!
@subha12 (18462)
• India
15 Oct 08
First of all congrats. May be the management things you are capable of doing this job. thus the promotion. do not think so much about it.everything will be OK.
@ladym33 (11009)
• United States
14 Oct 08
This did happen to me once and one co worker did resent it. She was snippy and angry for a couple days, so I sat down with her and had a heart to heart. Even though I knew why I had been promoted and she had not (I had out performed her and everyone else), I didn't say that to her. I simply said I want to make things better for everyone, and would really love it if I could have her support. We had a long talk and after that she was fine. You may meet with some resistance at first, it is only natural for people to get upset when they are passed over for a promotion. Emphasise with them, it will help. Congratulations! Best of Luck!
@ljq897 (77)
• China
14 Oct 08
Yeah,i back to your opinion.By the way,i will get this depart.
• Bangladesh
14 Oct 08
I am quite new in mylot. Just taking chance to respond to your interest. First I congratulate for being promoted to the new post. You are within those peolpe who are lucky in every aspect of life. Since I have had almost similar experience, I have interested to respond. In respect of you, this a simple matter. Top management considered you are the right person for the post other than the people having more experience. I think you have the talent for the job. You should manage your suordinates/collegues very tackfully. I also managed in my work place at the same way. Best of luck. Wish you every success in life.
@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
14 Oct 08
first of all, i want to say congratulations to you for being able to be promoted into management position... i think you don't have to care about what other co-workers will say to you... the length of time in a company doesn't matter... your experience, abilities and characters are what is counted when the upper management choose to promote you... i had learn that the hard way... enjoy your new role as a manager and good luck... take care and have a nice day...
@heaven11 (1161)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Congrats obviously you deserved the postion you were the best qualifed or showed the most ambition you go and keep up the great work
@Hatley (162154)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Oct 08
hi sksongwritere just be your own sweet self, and do your'best. your coworkers know you deserved it and they will get used' to you as their boss. after all you are still the same nice'person only you have been promoted now. dont sweat the small stuff. be happy for yourself.
@Rolf46 (162)
• United States
13 Oct 08
Congratulations on your new job sksonwriter. I have been thru similar situation myself. I think an important aspect is from the first day you need to establish yourself as a leader and not a 'best friend'. It may be difficult at fist if you had good friends among some of those you will direct. If you establish early that you are the head of the department and not just another worker, your results should be better. Take care not to 'play favorites' with your buddies,, be fair and be objective and your results should be better. "old timers" can deal with a new leader if they believe that he/she is fair and not just playing to his/her buddies. some may be bitter about not getting the job, but there is not really much you can do about that, other than be good at your new job. I'm not saying it will be easy, but if you are strong and fair.. things should work out well. Good luck!
@Erin88 (348)
• United States
13 Oct 08
I haven't been in your shoes, but wanted to respond anyway. You may experience some resistance in the beginning as they try to test you, but you were promoted for a reason. Upper management felt you were the best candidate for the job. Congratulations on your achievement.