I got promoted! Woot!!!

By K31
Philippines
February 23, 2013 7:44pm CST
And I got promoted effective March 1st. I'm currently the Software Engineer Lead of my team and now, I'm promoted as my team's supervisor. I'm pretty much excited with the job but at the same time, I'm nervous about it. One of my weak point (and I'm very much aware of it) is that I can't handle people real well. I mean, yes I get along with them but I'm not the type who can ask people for deadlines. I'm really not good at mandating people and I find it a bit offensive if I mandate them to do something. I opened this up to my manager and he told me that it gets some time for me to get used to it but I'll eventually get the hang of it. To add, my boss informed me in advanced that there will be times that he will be pestering me with my team's updates and progress. Anyone here who's in the supervisory position? Maybe I can get some pointers from you guys? Like the do's and don'ts when handling a team?
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7 responses
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
24 Feb 13
Hi, First of all let me congratulate you on your promotion. It is good to see that you already recognize that team management roles are different from technical roles. It took me a couple of years myself to transition into these roles. You need to have a clear understanding of two things. One is that from here on it really does not matter what you do, but what really matters is what you achieve as a team. Secondly, more than the technical skills it is going to be soft skills that are going to be your biggest ally. I would recommend that you can start looking at attending some soft skills training like conflict resolution skills, time management skills and emotional intelligence skills. You also might need to equip yourself with skills to track the teams activities, you can start taking some baby steps towards project management. PMI PMP could be one of the things you can target for in the near future. Cheers and all the best!! Ram
• Philippines
24 Feb 13
Thanks so much for this! I totally appreciate your suggestions. You are right. I need to work double time on my soft skills and in some way or another, I need to deliver a positive feedback not only from my team members but also, from my boss. I really am planning to undergo some trainings, seminars and activities to improve my soft skills. I really take this new position as a challenge :) Funny thing is, I was planning to leave the company to look for a new job and they gave me this position (I didn't mention anything to my boss or co-workers). It's not that I don't like the company but it's more like... I want to challenge myself on an area that's not purely technical. I also asked the project team leads to help me go through an orientation of their projects so I could at least get some bird's eye view of their tasks and jobs.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
24 Feb 13
Just one last tip. Person management is quite a tricky job and what works with one person might not work with another. So don't be too hard on yourself if you mismanage a bit initially. Just keep working at it and you will be alright. Cheers! Ram
• Philippines
24 Feb 13
I'll keep that in mind :D Thanks so much!
@mariaperalta (19096)
• Mexico
24 Feb 13
Way to go there !!!! Very happy for you. Im sure it means more money and benefits as well??
• Philippines
24 Feb 13
Thanks! I really am looking forward working as a supervisor but I will still be handling some tasks as a software engineer. So, it'll be like.. I'll be doubling my tasks but have the title as supervisor. Lolz! I really am looking forward to that increase! Lolz!
• Mexico
24 Feb 13
Thats good indeed, change is good. Have a great sunday there.
@hotsummer (10308)
• Philippines
24 Feb 13
That's nice you would have better job position. Maybe you can still try to tell those under you what they need to do signori p without you feeling like you are somewhat demanding them to do things or getting like too bossy. You can still be you and still be the leader of your team
• Philippines
24 Feb 13
Thanks hotsummer! I really am not expecting to be given a promotion at a short span of time (since I was just given one at the last quarter of 2012). I'll try to come up with a way to assess myself when handling people :)
• Philippines
24 Feb 13
Congratulations! I used to work as a branch supervisor before and I managed people under me. I had some difficulties with my staff since we have different personalities. You can't please everyone and you can't avoid the reality that there are people who don't like you. The primary thing you have to do is try to be a friend with your staff but also set a boundary or limitation with your relationship with them. It is good to have some simple chats with them about their work and non-work issues but you should not be that too close with them as well. If they know you are an approachable leader, they will find it easy to talk with you about their concerns but if get too close with them.. they might end up losing respect with you. You have to balance everything. Be friendly and be respectable as well.
• Philippines
24 Feb 13
Thanks! As for being close with my team, we're pretty close to start with and everyone knows about it. Even our manager's close with us. Like I shared before, we're like a family here. The good thing with out team is we still keep the necessary respect and give it to our bosses (well, there are a few exceptions. Lolz!)
• Dhaka, Bangladesh
24 Feb 13
Dear friend, Congratulations. This promotion is the true recognition of your untiring efforts, sincerity and dedication to your job. It is not a gift from your authority, rather I should say that you have achieved it through your hard work, sincerity and dedication to your service. I hope that you will continue your efforts in future as well and you will further get higher promotion. Have a very blessed weekend.
• Philippines
24 Feb 13
Thanks a lot Aminul! I'll work hard to prove to everyone that I deserve the promotion :D
@Raine38 (8987)
• United States
24 Feb 13
Congratulations! Good for you. Well, I have been a supervisor for 4 years. And I think the best lesson I have learned is to never get too familiar with your staffs. Yes, be the approachable and open supervisor, as you would always want to hear the team's suggestions and troubles that can greatly affect the whole team's performance. But, no personal familiarity. Don't go there. I have been crashed and burned because I just let myself get too close to one of my staffs. And she became lax. We ended having to dismiss here and there goes our friendship.
• Philippines
24 Feb 13
Oh-oh.. Reading your comment made me aware of my current position. I'm good friends with all of my team members. It's no joke when I say that my team is like my second family and we're really close with each other. I am quite open when I share my thoughts with them and as much as possible, I always ask them to take in my criticisms and observations with an open mind. Actually, I can already see problems rising with 2 of my team members. I shared that in another discussions somewhere in the same category. It's just not my headache. My QA-counterpart supervisor and my manager are having the very same problem. Tsk~
@Lucas818 (378)
24 Feb 13
Congratulations! We can see that your hardwork pays. I'm sure you'll learn more and improve in your Supervisor position. I were once a production supervisor in a company, and I think the most important is we have to earn people respect & trust, esp in own team. Then I'm sure you'll find out managing people is not that difficult.
• Philippines
24 Feb 13
Thanks a lot for the reply and congratulations :D I sure hope I can get the hang of things. I really want to prove to my boss that he did the right decision to promote me. Yes :P I'm actually hoping for a good raise. Lolz! Not bragging about it but I think I was able to gain my team's trust and respect way before I became a supervisor. I'm just nervous that I'll be dealing straight with managers soon. Hehe :D