Technical professionals are often tapped to supervise their own work group. This seems like a logical move but often the promotion doesn’t work out. Some may have the experience and technical skills but may not have the management know-how to get results. So, before any of this happens your technical employees need to be clear about their career goals and values. There are five basic values that drive people as they work.
- To get ahead
- Find and keep security
- Work independently and free from restrictions
- Interesting and challenging work
- To balance work and their personal lives
Usually employees value two of these five above the others. Most technical professionals seek interesting and challenging work first. That is why they acquire the skills required for technical projects.
Only a small percentage of these technical workers want to “get ahead.” They often don’t want the people interaction, meetings, and politics that come with the promotion.
Making a smooth transition from technical professional to management is critical to success as a manager. As your organization looks for technical talent to promote be sure to help everyone understand what they value.