Supporting New People Managers – Weekly Update

Supporting New People Managers – Weekly Update

Ken Meyer, SHRM-SCP, SPHR | Principal, KWM HR Consulting LLC

As President of New York City SHRM, I advocate for a people-centric approach to human resources, particularly in supporting new managers navigating the complexities of managing teams. HR professionals play a pivotal role in nurturing these individuals as they transition into leadership roles.


First and foremost, it’s essential for HR to provide comprehensive training and development programs tailored to the unique needs of new managers. This includes equipping them with the necessary skills in communication, conflict resolution, and performance management. Through workshops, seminars, and mentorship programs, we can empower new managers to effectively lead their teams with confidence and competence.

Furthermore, HR professionals should serve as trusted advisors, offering guidance and support every step of the way. By fostering open lines of communication, we create a safe space for new managers to voice their concerns, seek advice, and learn from their experiences. Regular check-ins and feedback sessions enable us to address any challenges they may encounter and provide actionable solutions.

In addition, HR can facilitate peer-to-peer learning opportunities, where new managers can exchange ideas, share best practices, and learn from each other’s successes and failures. Building a strong community of practice not only enhances individual growth but also fosters a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement within the organization.

In essence, by prioritizing the development and support of new managers, HR professionals contribute to the overall success and sustainability of the organization, driving employee engagement, retention, and ultimately, business performance.

Be well.

Ken Meyer, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

President, New York City SHRM

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