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JUL 2018

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12 POLICE JULY 2018 issue. Let your supervisor tell you a time that would be appropriate. When I was asked, I would say something like, "Come on in and we will talk about it now," or "Let's talk about this in the afternoon." 3. Don't make it about you. Getting to know your new supervisor is all about them and an opportunity for self-pro- motion. Focus your questions on perfor- mance issues, agency and unit missions, leadership, and anything else that relates to their perspective. If your su- pervisor wants to know about you, they will ask. 4. Figure out the best way to communicate. It's a different workplace now that we have four different generations working in the same place for the first time in history. Some supervisors like face-to-face meetings, while oth- ers prefer text or emails. I have known a few that would not ap- proach any topic without a sum- mary memo first. 5. Find out how quickly you need to respond. Never accept a task without a due date. If you are told, "Get it done when you can," it's a set-up for failure. Trust me, your supervisor has a due date in mind. Find out what that is or run the risk of being told that you should have done it sooner. 6. Don't shoot down every new idea your supervisor has. A new broom sweeps clean. New supervisors want to make chang- es if for no other reason than to draw attention to the fact that they are making things happen. If you are asked for input, give it carefully by explaining a balanced perspective and in a logical way (don't ever respond emotionally). Don't block an idea just because it's new or be- cause you wouldn't do it that way. 7. Offer to Help. Don't confuse offering to help with sucking up. ere is a definite line in the sand between team player and boot licker, and everyone will see you as one or the other. Be the team player and it will help the leadership transition go more smoothly. 8. Observe. Don't take anyone's word but see for yourself first, before you make any judgements. Wait and see if the in- formation you received about them was right or just someone's sour grapes. See bad behavior for yourself before you join anyone's bandwagon. Remember, they have heard things about you as well and you would want a fair chance before they drew any conclusions. 9. Be willing to change. No one likes change. Be prepared to adjust to new de- mands and procedures. When you get promoted, you'll want to do things your How To ing bag in your garage. at zone partner you have been sharing your thoughts with, you know the one that says he is your friend, is the same guy who will run to the supervisor and tell them what you said. People will always say they're your friend while they are getting what they want from you. Once that stops, they just might do a complete 180. Don't ever con- fuse a work relationship with friendship. 12. If your new supervisor used to be your co-worker. Don't kid yourself by thinking nothing has changed; it has. e roles have changed and though your friendship hasn't, re- member that work is work and off- duty is off-duty. True friends don't have any issues. My very first ser- geant is like the big brother I never had. We stay in touch to this day (anks, Captain Richard Klawe, Retired). Don't think for a moment he never chewed me out. At my re- tirement he shared several such stories about me. Fake friends say things like, "Oh, you get promoted and that's how it's going to be?" FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN DO The reason no one likes change is because they don't know how it will affect them. People get very com- fortable and fall into routines. You hear it in conversation all the time. ey will say things like, "We never did it that way!" or "Why are you the only one that makes us…?" Dealing with a new supervisor is nothing new nor are the techniques used to deal with them. Human nature is what it is; a ball of emotional conflict wrapped in a logical facade. Everyone thinks they know how to do it better. Do yourself a favor: do your job to the best of your abilities, follow policy, and don't worry too much about a new supervisor. ere is always a new one waiting around the corner. Amaury Murgado is a retired special oper- ations lieutenant with the Osceola County (FL) Sheriff's Office with over 30 years of experience. He retired a master sergeant from the Army Reserve. He currently serves as the Business Development Manager for Live Free Armory. New supervisors want to make changes to show they are on the job. Don't shoot down their ideas. way. As long as what's asked is not illegal, unethical, or immoral, go with it and see what happens. Keep in mind that if the change doesn't work out, it was their idea not yours. 10. Change your perspective. Instead of thinking, Here we go again, think of it as a new beginning. Take advantage of be- ing able to start fresh. You might get along better with your supervisor or like what they bring to the table. If it's a bust, you'll have plenty of time to be miserable. 11. Never complain publicly about your supervisor. A listening ear can also be a running mouth. You want to vent? Vent to your husband, wife, or close fam- ily member, or yell while hitting a punch- PHOTO: POLICE FILE

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