6 Common Mistakes First-Time Managers and How to Avoid Them

Thomas Hughes
August 2, 2023

People management is the traditional next step in someone’s career progression.

Thomas Hughes gave his advice, some of which is included below, to HR.com on the topic of avoiding common first-time management pitfalls.

One common mistake first-time managers make is not taking the time to meet and truly develop relationships with the employees who will be reporting to them. Developing and establishing open lines of communication is crucial to the ongoing success of this relationship.

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