From the Project Oxygen study, the team identified three manager pitfalls, or situations where managers of all types struggled, and tips we use to mitigate them.
When a manager has a tough or sudden transition (e.g., being quickly promoted or hired from outside with little training)
- Tip: Provide guidance to new managers on the transition from individual contributor to manager and help them in the shift to leading others.
- Tip: Develop onboarding resources for new managers that focus on understanding your organization's culture and expectations of successful managers.
When a manager lacks a consistent approach to performance management and career development
- Tip: Encourage managers to hold 1:1 meetings and career development conversations with all their team members, not just the high or low performers.
When a manager spends too little time on managing and communicating
- Tip: Make sure to show that the organization values management. Recognize and celebrate great managers and hold them up as role models and teachers.