Peopleâ€™s reaction to a new manager is often based on how they feel about their current manager. If they like them then theyâ€™re likely to be worried about a new one. If not then a new manager is welcome. Either way here is some ways you can get off to a good start with your new manager.
Tell them what they need to know: Explain your key areas of responsibility. Ask them what input they would like in your work and why. Find out what their specific plans for the team are so that you are not left guessing.
Donâ€™t go down memory lane: Give some background if relevant to set the context but donâ€™t go on about the â€˜good old daysâ€™ as this may suggest that you are not prepared for change. Donâ€™t complain about your old manager to the new one. Donâ€™t go on about what you want would like them to do for you; rather give them information that might help them settle in quickly.
Err on the side of openness: When you donâ€™t know what kind of person your new manager is most people will hold back and observe before opening up. But to build a productive working relationship then itâ€™s always a good idea to be open and positive from the start. If your manager isnâ€™t trustworthy, youâ€™ll discover that soon enough at which stage you can be cautious with good reason.
Clarify expectations for doing well: Ask what performance levels they expect and what help they would like from you to help them do their work. Ask about their priorities so that you can ensure your own work is quickly aligned to the business priorities as your new manager sees them.
Now take action: How aligned are your job goals with those of your manager?