January 29th, 2018


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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