How can I make a good first impression when I take charge of my accountancy team?
HAVE worked my way up the ladder in a small accountancy firm in Dublin but have just been appointed to a new mid-management role with a much larger accountancy company. I am very excited about the new job as I am returning to my home county, but, although I have more than 12 years’ experience, this will be my first time managing a team of 10 and I am quite nervous and want some advice as to how to make a good first impression. there and are looking forward to working with them. Get to meet as many people as possible. Have your lunch or coffee in the canteen.
Learn people’s names as quickly as possible – especially your new team members, who might be wary of a new boss. Try to learn a bit about them and be as helpful as you can to allow them to come to terms with a new leader.
LISTEN AND THEN LISTEN SOME MORE: Set up informal one to ones with your new team. Get to know a little bit about them especially their interests outside of work.
Be aware that one of them may have been an internal applicant and may feel aggrieved or disappointed that they didn’t get the role.
Get to understand their role and where it fits into the department. Ask for their suggestions on what works well in the department and what might need to change. This is the single most important piece of advice I would give to any new manager. Getting your team on board is critical and we have often seen the mistake of a new manager coming into a role with lots of new ideas and trying to implement lots of changes fast.
Failing to get the team on board will make change almost impossible. Involve your team in any changes you want or need to make. YOUR JOB: THE CULTURE: tage. If you don’t feel comfortable with a mentor inside the company, try and find one in another company or industry who will be able to help you with settling into your new role. TO YOUR NEW JOB: