Congratulations to me on being promoted to manager! I am now (and for the first time) responsible for a team of three library assistants. By accepting this responsability I agreed three simply objectives:
- to become a professional manager
- to get people of diverse backgrounds and skills to fulfill their individual and team library objectives
- to create a spirit of teamwork within the health library
In theory they seem so easy to achieve, but I realised how arduous and how much energy I have to spend in order to achieve them.
During the last months I thought a long about the reason why everyday I felt so exhausted and tired at the end of my working day. The simple answer is that before this job I used to manage only one person: myself. In this limited managerial function, only my passions and efforts determined my success. Although I have been good at what I was doing, I now realise that those skills that were once rewarded are not what I get paid for now.
I now get paid:
- to create a library team in which all feel motivated to be the best they can be
- to encourage my team to cooperate and achieve library’s objectives
- to ensure that my team abides by ideals and standards
I think the main ingredient for being a good manager is creating a healthy manager-employee relationships where employees feel that the library belongs to them as well as to me and my manager. That feeling will motivate people to work better and increase the productivity.
My team is composed by people of diverse abilities, personalities (!!!) and backgrounds however I am working diligently to develop and grow full potential of my team. The actual reality is not easy but with perseverance and good examples I will improve the team. I’ve just chosen my battle.