Why Advocate for Your Team?
Learn new manager tips to advocate because one of the most important roles that a manager plays is being an advocate for their team. Employees who feel recognized and valued for their contribution report being more engaged than employees who are unsure where they stand in the eyes of their manager. Managers who effectively balance the needs of the organization with the needs of their direct reports elevate the opportunities of the people who work with them.
When Employees Lack an Advocate
Employees who believe that their boss is not an advocate should understand what they can do to earn their confidence and approval in terms of performance, behavior, and potential. Don’t take it personally. Create a plan to gain their trust, grow your network, and find a sponsor to help you learn, grow, advance, and get recognized in a way that makes sense.
3 New Manager Tips to Advocate for Your Team
We believe that your success as a manager is dependent upon the success of the team that you manage. Managers who effectively advocate for and contribute to others help their teams to perform at their peak.
- Be Committed to Making It A Great Place to Work
Based upon over 500,000 employee engagement survey responses per year for the last 15 years, this single question has the highest correlation to higher levels of discretionary effort, advocacy, and employee retention. Your first step as a new manager is to value your people as your most important resource. And that starts with ensuring that your team feels recognized and valued for their unique contributions.
- Make Investments to Make Your Team More Successful
We ask new manager training participants to list the ways that they can invest in their teams to ensure that they are set up to succeed. The most common answers are teambuilding, rewards and recognition, compensation, goal and role clarity, tools, work-life balance, mentors, processes, information, training, coaching, stretch assignments, job rotations. The best managers know how to uniquely invest in each employee to support their personal and professional aspirations.
- Create Clarity and Alignment
Strategic clarity and cultural alignment account for 71% of the difference between high and low performing teams. The best new managers make sure that their teams fully understand the company’s plans for future success, how their team directly contributes to that success, and that the way work gets done aligns with how success is measured and rewarded. Is your team aligned?
The Bottom Line
A good boss advocates for their team and sets them up for success. As a new leader, how you show up in public and in private has a direct impact on your direct reports. Be committed to making it a great place to work, invest in your team, and ensure that your strategy, culture, and capabilities are fully aligned to get the results you desire.
To learn more about how to advocate for your team as a new manager, download 7 Immediate Management Actions to Create Alignment with Goals