Part 2 of 3
“I was in management for a few weeks when a large company bought us,” Willard explained. “The new owners said there would be no major changes. But in the first month, they required us to transition to their IT system for tracking job status and costs.”
Willard continued, “I understood why the new company wanted consistent processes, but my staff was very confident in our current system. A tug of war ensued between my staff and corporate.”
“How did you handle that?” I asked.
Willard said, “I waffled back and forth between supporting management and advocating for my employees. My team fell behind schedule. Corporate officials grew impatient and told me to get my group in compliance. At the same time, my people became frustrated because they thought I was not supportive enough. I just felt like I was caught in a vise.”
Managers who try to straddle the fence between their team members’ wishes and corporate requirements just make their jobs hard. Willard’s job would have been easier had he explained corporate’s reasons and said something like, “I’m confident we can meet the schedule for transitioning to the new system, and I’ll support you every way I can.”