Being a new manager can be exciting, but also intimidating. To help you avoid some of the classic pitfalls, here are 10 things a new manager should never do!
1. Don't pretend you know everything on day one, because we all know you don't. You might as well wear a sign that says, "I'm new here, please don't ask me anything too difficult."
2. Don't micromanage your employees. Let them breathe! Remember, they're adults, not pets. Unless they're actual pets, in which case you're in the wrong meeting.
3. Don't play favorites. It's not primary school, and you're not a substitute teacher. (Unless you are, in which case, hi, Mr. Johnson!)...
4. Don't make promises you can't keep. It's like telling your cat you'll be home for dinner, then staying out all night with your friends. Not cool.
5. Don't let your power go to your head. You might be the boss, but you're not the King of England. (Unless you are, in which case, can I get a selfie?)
6. Don't forget to listen to your employees. They're the ones doing the work, after all. Plus, they have some pretty funny stories to tell.
7. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Being a manager is hard work, and there's no shame in admitting you don't have all the answers. Just don't ask your mum for advice - she's biased.
8. Don't be too strict. Sometimes it's okay to let your employees have a little fun. Unless they work at a funeral home. Then it's not okay.
9. Don't take yourself too seriously. You're still the same person you were before you became a manager. Except now you have more responsibilities, and a fancier title. But other than that, same old you.
10. And finally, don't forget to have a sense of humor. Being a manager can be stressful, but laughter is the best medicine. Unless you have a broken leg. Then it's morphine.
So there you have it, folks. 10 things a new manager should never do, unless they want to be the laughingstock of the office. But hey, at least they'll be the funniest laughingstock!
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