Introducing new talent to your construction company doesn’t have to be a tricky situation.  It is important to bring on new management in a sensitive way so that team members feel comfortable and confident in their roles moving forward.  By handling this change efficiently, projects will remain on track.

This can be a big change – both for the new manager as well as for the team that they will be overseeing. Here are eight important steps that you can roll out to ensure that all parties are set up for success:

  1. Schedule an introductory meeting: Set up a meeting for the new manager to introduce themselves to the team. This can be done in person or virtually, depending on the team’s location and current circumstances.
  1. Communicate the manager’s role and responsibilities: Clearly communicate the new manager’s role and responsibilities to the team. This will help the team understand how the new manager fits into the organization and the capacity that they will be working with them.
  1. Encourage team members to ask questions: Encourage team members to ask the new manager any questions they may have about themselves, their role, their management style, or what they see as the team’s goals and objectives moving forward.
  1. Set up one-on-one meetings: Set up one-on-one meetings between the new manager and individual team members. This will give team members an opportunity to establish rapport with the new manager, and to privately discuss any concerns or issues they may have.
  1. Encourage open communication: Encourage open communication between the new manager and the team. This will help the new manager understand the team’s strengths and weaknesses, and help the team understand the new manager’s management style and expectations.
  1. Facilitate team-building activities: Organize team-building activities to help the team bond with the new manager and build a positive working relationship.
  1. Monitor progress: Company leadership should monitor the progress of the new manager’s integration into the team, and proactively address any issues that may arise.
  1. Provide support for the new manager: Provide the new manager with the support and resources they need to be successful in their role. This can include training, access to relevant information and tools, and opportunities for professional development.

By taking a positive, proactive approach when adding a new manager to your construction company team, you are setting them and your team members up for success.


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