Hi all, I know its been too long. I have a question that I don't know where else to ask.
I have recently been promoted to manager (yay!) but in the process, changes were made that created a unique situation. I'll try to explain as simply as possible. I was hired by a man I'll call Tom ten years ago. I became Tom's assistant manager 6 years ago. Tom was a nice guy but lousy manager. He was demoted 3 years ago and shuffled to another department. I'd talk to him from time to over the the past few years and we remained friendly.
Our company was sold a few months ago, and I was promoted to manager, while Tom was demoted one more step (yikes) He is making very little money and quite frankly, lucky to still be employed. His teammate from the other department told me I'd "have to keep him motivated" and I laughed. I told her that I already knew he was lazy.
Oh. My. God. I guess time allowed me to forget just how lazy he is! He doesn't care about anything. He just goes through the motions. He doesn't stay on task, and my assistant manager hates him. She worked with him a few months before his original demotion, so she feels awkward trying to manage him. How does she think I feel? I'm his manager and he hired me ten years ago!
How can I get Tom to get on board? His management style is vastly different than mine. I'm always busy, always doing projects, and always enlisting help. He'd be happy to sit and chat with customers all day, not achieving anything. I feel SO awkward.
Has anyone suddenly become a boss over someone who was formerly their boss? What did they do?