Taking Command From The First Day


Moving to a new area is hard enough, but coming in as a leader only makes it harder. Not only are you adjusting to a whole new range of schedules, but you have to do so under a microscope. This can make life interesting for a few weeks, but that stress can be limited with a little planning. That planning should start a few weeks before moving if at all possible, preferably by reserving the moving company. Moving companies, such as Allied Van Lines, are more than willing to help you move and do so in a professional way. You should also fill out your change of address forms ahead of time in order to limit mail issues, followed by notifying your utilities and landlord, if applicable.

Having a good move will depend on how well planned you are. You should make sure that the boxes are marked with which room they are going into in order to make the move as painless as possible. This may add some time to the moving process itself. The time you save on the other end will make it worth it, especially when you decide to cook that first meal and realize you know exactly where your utensils are. This will also save you some serious time when you start setting things up; that should make the move as painless as possible. Make sure to grab a map of the local area so you know where to go for food, medicine, and even public transportation as needed.

That added work will help eliminate a lot of stress while you are dealing with the bonus stress of taking over a new command. The first few days at the new job are going to be difficult, especially if you have to deal with overly ambitious employees. While it is easy to act as a dictator those first few days, that is something you want to avoid because it may be overly off-putting and step on toes you will later wish you had not stepped on. You also do not want to start off as everyone's friend either; that may create expectations that are hard to dispel later.

Ideally, you want to be firm as possible in order to establish that you are in charge. This means that you need to establish what the rules are and stick to them. Friendships are the hardest part; you may be stepping into a toxic work environment and making alliances too early may work against you. Try to feel everyone out as quickly as possible and try to avoid political landmines until you are comfortable. Your secretary or assistant will be your best friend until you have a feel for the political landscape.

The two actions you want to avoid are the "surprise boss" and firing someone right off the bat. The latter is easiest. Tensions are already running high with a new manager, and having your new crew under the gun will not help matters. While it is a great way to establish who is in charge, it may alienate the very people you are trying to befriend, especially if you fire someone everyone likes. As for the former, some may think it is a great way to get a candid look at how things actually work to come in without being announced, but it more often than not ends up coming off as a betrayal. It might establish that you do not trust anyone right from the beginning and that is not where you want to start.

If possible, start with some sort of meeting to introduce yourself to the important people and go from there. While you want to try and avoid starting with a party or other team-building exercise, you do want everyone to know who you are and to give them a chance to see you before you actually start work. A group meeting also defuses any cries of favoritism, especially if you make it mandatory. It also gives you a chance to get a feel for team dynamics as well as introducing yourself with as little stress as possible. That should actually help make your first day as stress-free as possible.

Your first step is hiring a moving company. Enjoy the trip to your new home; it may be the last time you will be able to relax for a while.