If you’ve been in the same position for a while (whatever your idea of that is) you’ve hopefully become proficient, reliable, and efficient in your role. But it’s only natural that once you’ve mastered it, you may be ready for the next new challenge. If you’ve been thinking about taking the next step to grow professionally but love the company you work for, moving within may be a great decision. Most companies like to keep their (great) employees for obvious reasons and many make it very easy for employees to know about new positions available. Still, leaving your old post could still be a somewhat awkward situation to go through, especially letting your department head know you’re ready to spread your wings.
Moving from one role to another within the same company has it’s benefits of course. You are familiar with the brand, the mission and the policies. From an HR perspective you get to keep your benefits, like health insurance, vacation, and retirement. You also get to maintain the friendships and relationships you have built with co-workers. Even with all that being said, an in-house transition is rarely a flick of the switch. Depending on the company, you’ll most likely have to apply for the open position. That means interviewing and impressing a new set of managers you’re the right man/woman for the job. If all goes well and you are given the green light know this: It takes teamwork, and good communication to make the process seamless. You must be willing to put in the effort, sometimes taking on several roles during the move to ensure it happens smoothly. It’s the right thing to do for the folks you are leaving behind, and your willingness to do so most likely will be remembered and appreciated by your former managers, who you could work with again in the future.
These are some tips to ensure a successful transition into a new role within the same company:
- Be considerate: Don’t just cut ties with the old job and your duties. Ease your way out, and don’t leave unfinished work.
- Be flexible: You may be asked to fill in on two roles while your replacement is found. Willing to take on responsibility shows your employers you not only care about your future role but the overall operation of the company. Plus, remember they are giving you a new opportunity. Helping out while it’s needed will show you’re grateful for it.
- Communication: It’s a tricky situation but make sure you continue to keep the lines of communication open with both your former manager and your new manager. Again it’s a great way to show you still care about the old team, but you are also eager to join the new venture.
- Resources: Once you have transitioned find your “go-to” resources. What tools or people will be most helpful when learning the new role? Take notes, set goals and build relationships with the people you’ll be working with directly. This is your new team and they likely will be pivotal in helping you to achieve your goals and fulfill your responsibilities. Establishing a good rapport right off the bat is important, but find a good balance. Trying too hard to fit in can also give people the wrong impression.
- Reliability: It’s essential that in those first 30 to 60 days following a transition you over-deliver. In your first few interactions with your new colleagues go above and beyond. While it’s true that it takes weeks, months or even years to build trust, first impressions are important and long lasting.
Finding your groove in a new position can be challenging at first but it can also be very exciting. Change is good, it makes us well-rounded and experienced. Also, remember a good attitude and willingness to learn will show your peers you’re happy to join the new team!