January 13, 2009, 6:00 am

Changing Managers: a New Opportunity or a New Pain?

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Career
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While I am writing this post in the bus this morning, I am about to discover who is my new manager. We are actually going through a new structure inside our branch network in order to become more efficient. They are changing the business model in order to get a manager in each branch. We used to have a manager for cashiers, one for bankers and one for financial planners. Each manager (except the one who used to manage the cashiers and all transactions in the branch) used to take care of several employees in 3 to 4 different branches.

While the power was decentralized, each manager was specialized into their own field. Like any other structure, it has its strengths and its flaws. So we will now have a branch manager and we will keep the customer service manager (cashiers and transactions).

Some people see this change as another pain they will have to deal with. This is the nature of the beast; human nature 😉 Most of us hate changes, we hate to change our way of doing things, especially when we have someone else that tells us to do so!

I was the first to be disappointed to lose my old manager. She did great things for me and I learned a lot from her even though she was my boss for only 12 months. However, it doesn’t mean that my next manager won’t do the same thing for me!

This is why there is always an opportunity when your manager changes. You have the possibility of having a fresh start, learn new stuff and see your job differently.

I believe it is important to look sharp during the first meeting. You will probably hear stuff from your new manager from colleagues or friends but you must realized that your new boss probably get information on you as well (through your employee files, colleagues or your old managers). We all have a reputation (good or bad!), so we all better put this aside and try to start anew.

However, the best way to keep all doors open is to look sharp, be positive and welcome the new boss. A new manager should not make any changes within the first 60 days. He should only look around, talk to people and get as much feed back as possible. Then you will see if he’s a good manager or not.

So I’ll leave you here and head for my meeting 😉

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Good Luck! I hope you like your new manager.

by: The Financial Blogger | January 13th, 2009 (10:19 pm)

It was a good meeting, so far so good 😉