How to Manage Relationships With Colleagues After Promotion

Promotion is almost always coveted by everyone at the office. Along with promotion comes possible increase in pay packet, allowances and other perks. However getting promoted can be tough and come with its own little problems especially in co-worker relations and maintaining previous relationships at work.

You probably left your colleagues behind in terms of remuneration and position; do you keep the relationship as cordial as before? Will your relationships with your former peers be as smooth as it were before your promotion? How will you deal with their perceived grievances and cold reaction to the fact that you are the one promoted?

For Alison who works in a publishing firm getting promoted came with its challenges; “Of course I wanted to be promoted, nobody wants to stay doing the same job forever, but once I was I did find it quite hard to adjust. There was a lot more work, for one thing, and even though I didn’t fall out with people in my office or anything as dramatic as that, I did feel that the way people saw me changed.”

Some of your friends will probably come under your supervision as a result of your promotion. Relationships may no longer be the same as before.

Does Promotion Mean Rosier Work Conditions?

For many people promotion might not mean much more money and less work. Promotion will most likely go with more responsibility and certainly more work at least in the first few months as you try to get a handle on your new or expanded job responsibilities.

How to Keep Your Relationship With Colleagues Cool After Promotion

Keep Relations Civil but Not Too Familiar

When you get promoted you have two sides of your relationship to monitor and ensure nothing goes wrong from your end; your relationship with colleagues/peers and your relationship with your superiors.

In your previous position (before getting promoted to managerial or supervisory level) you would probably be among the moaners gathering around the water fountain to lament about the managers, supervisors and their ways.

With the promotion you suddenly find yourself not really on the same page with the office crowd. You may still feel some of the issues you and your co-workers complained about but you know your new responsibility comes with a new perspective.

Keeping relations with the group of workers with whom you continuously moaned about the management can be tricky. The best way is to consider how you would want to be treated if the situation and roles are reversed. You try your best to maintain respect while avoiding too much informal play and banter. The reason why to do this is to avoid getting into difficult situations that may result in abuse or misunderstanding.

Be Firm and Impartial

In issues involving several of your colleagues you must try to be firm and fair at the same time. Some of your closer friends who you left behind in terms of position may cross the line or test your ability to maintain discipline in several ways. Keeping a firm approach and insisting they follow the right steps as every other staff member may strain relations between you; you still however have no show no weakness in demanding quality service from everyone despite perceived closeness.

Listen and Respect

Your first move as a manager of your former coworkers is to listen to them. Meet with each coworker individually and ask what they think is working at the company, what needs to be improved, and if they have specific ideas on how to implement those changes [source: McClain]. Take notes and share your sincere appreciation for their help.

Confront Issues Head-on, Talk to Your Rivals

You could try these and more techniques but still experience bickering and gossiping after your promotion the best option could be to address the issue head-on. Identify the disgruntled former colleagues and have a frank talk with them. Hear them out and know what grudges and complaints they have; consider their issues honestly and accept suggestions on how to douse the tensions.

If there’s someone who thinks they should have been the one to get your job talk to them about it. Don’t sweep it under the carpet to fester. Explain that you would feel similarly if the roles were reversed but that you’ve got to make the best of it as it is. And give them a chance to tell you what will makes things easiest for them going forward. You can do a lot to diffuse the tensions and get everybody focused on the work by putting in place some of the reasonable feedback you may get.

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