Maybe you’ve been offered a promotion at work. Or perhaps you are contemplating further education to make yourself attractive for one at a later date. Management, regardless of the industry, is a field all to its own.
Before taking the plunge, consider the following:
Pay: We all have dreams of seven-figure salaries and corporate jets shuttling us to and fro. But the paychecks of most managers are far closer to an entry-level employee than the company CEO.
Because most are salaried, some managers may earn less money than senior members of their staff due to hourly overtime pay. Overtime rules generally do not apply to salaried employees, management or not. Before accepting any position, be informed about the salary, perks, and bonus opportunities that come with it.
Hours: Managers tend to work long hours. Whether in education, sales, human resources, or hospitality—10 and 12 hour days may be the norm. If you are the type to rush out the door the minute the clock strikes 5, this alone may be a deal-breaker.
Talk to other managers at the company and make sure you have a solid understanding of what the hours and schedule entail. From the staff’s perspective, it may only seem to be an extra 90 minutes spent working on a certain project. But to the manager, those 90 minutes add up to 382 work hours in just one year.
Skill-set: The best plumber in the world would not necessarily make a great manager of a large plumbing outfit. The skills required to succeed in a front-line position are distinct from those of the supervisor.
Soft (people) skills are far more important to managers than hard skills. Are you intimidated by public speaking? Guess who will be running next Tuesday’s meeting. Do you hate to get in the middle of personal spats?
Who do you think will arbitrate disputes between coworkers? The idea of being someone’s boss is nice, but the day-to-day responsibility is far less glamorous.
Administrative Duties: All employees hate meetings. Even worse is the paperwork that goes with any number of jobs. Imagine being the person who has to check the paperwork for completion. I once had a senior-level management position where there were stacks of manila folders piled up to my waist on Day One.
If you don’t like paperwork, management may not be for you. Plenty of otherwise competent employees turn down promotion opportunities because they enjoy the work more than the paperwork.
Career Opportunities: If your career goal involves owning a related business or running the whole shop, there is no better training than taking on the additional tasks associated with management.
The variety of issues dealt with by a typical manager can be astounding. One minute an employee is calling in sick, the next a customer walks in with a million-dollar opportunity. Likely no two days will be the same.
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This is a guest post by Luiz C. Bravim, MBA. Luiz is a lifelong educator who has taught, trained, and managed people around the world. He has an M.B.A. from the Huizenga School of Business at Nova Southeastern University. Luiz currently lives and works in South Korea.
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