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What Happens When Your Co-Worker Becomes The New Boss?


Getting a promotion to a position of leadership is a great achievement, but as you transition from being a member of a group of coworkers to becoming the boss of that same group, things can get tricky, to say the least. This is particularly true if you have personal friendships with your new group of subordinates. You don’t want to suddenly turn your back on your buddies, but it’s important to explain to them that you are now in a different role and it’s not personal. The true professionals among them will understand. Don’t let those who resent you in your new role hurt your feelings or dissuade you assuming your new role.

When one of your coworkers becomes the boss, respect his or her new position. It’s fine to continue to be friendly with them, but don’t expect them to “pal around” with you as they once did. Continuing such fraternizing could easily put both of you in an awkward position. Let them know that you understand their new role, and you’ll do everything you can to make the transition as painless and as possible.

Be Aware of Company Policies The company may have some policies regarding the relationships between supervisors and their subordinates. Learn what those policies are and follow them to a T.
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The Holiday Office Party

T’is the season for festive celebrations, and a renewed sense of hopefulness, holiday shopping, and legendary office parties. While workplace parties are a time to enjoy downtime with your coworkers and take your mind off of daily grind, it is critical not to lose yourself in the moment and to maintain your professional posture. Keep in mind that the office holiday party isn’t the last time you will see your coworkers and that you will see everyone in the office, bright and early on Monday morning.

We have prepared a few do’s and don’ts for this year’s holiday office party:

DO
  • Conduct yourself professionally at all times.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Keep conversation positive and light.
  • Wear name badges the right side.
  • Avoid controversial conversations and debates.
  • Only bring a guest if the invitation specifies you can bring one.
  • Drink in moderation.
  • Be sure to carry beverages in your left hand; this leaves your right hand free for handshakes.
  • Thank the host before you leave.

DON’T
  • Eat and speak at the same time.
  • Have too many drinks.
  • Discuss work matters at the event.
  • Over indulge in food; have a small bite to eat before the party.
  • Arrive too late or miss the holiday party.
  • Answer phone calls or text messages unless it is an emergency.
  • Become the subject of the highlight story from the party

We hope these tips are helpful during this holiday season. For more protocol and etiquette tips contact Protocol International today!
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