Which would you prefer:
- Starting out in a new job as the latest supervisor where nobody knows who are, or
- Becoming a supervisor after being a seasoned employee who’s earned the respect of your colleagues over the years
If you were a new supervisor in an organization, do you expect to get more respect because no one knows who you are and they don’t want to overstep their boundaries?
If you’re a seasoned employee, you’ll certainly have the respect of your colleagues after many years, but does that mean they’ll be less likely to do what you ask of them because they’re more “buddy buddy” with you? And does becoming a supervisor after being buddies with those people that you’re now going to be supervising have an immediate negative effect on your relationships? Can you still be buddy buddy even though you’re now supervising them?
Just a few questions to get your mind going this morning.