FinTech Futures Jobs: How to cope when a new boss takes over
Spare a thought for those at Twitter. When Elon Musk carried a sink into the social media platform’s headquarters in San Francisco on 26 October, it may not have been quite the moment he’d planned.
“Entering Twitter HQ – let that sink in!” Musk tweeted. But instead, employees may have felt a sinking feeling. Subsequently, the Tesla CEO has now dissolved Twitter’s board of directors, fired a number of top executives including CEO Parag Agrawal, named himself CEO, and is reported to have plans to lay off 25% of the company’s workforce.
This might be an extreme case, but many of us have fallen foul of a bad boss or two during our working lives. Poor managers are guilty of bad communication, micromanagement (or no management), failure to give feedback, and bad planning, among other irritating traits. While some managers are just annoyingly off the ball, a really bad boss can tank your career.
There will always be times when you’ve simply got to get along with someone at work who you don’t personally gel with. And what happens if a manager you’ve gotten on fabulously with leaves and is replaced by someone you’re really unsure about?
Understand that (some) things will change
Any new manager is likely to have different ways of doing things, and that isn’t a bad thing. Saying “we’ve always done it this way” isn’t necessarily going to go in your favour. Sure, you may be comfortable with the processes and ways of working that your old boss instigated, but in business, there is always room for improvement – and the flip side is that your new manager could bring the opportunity to learn some new skills, too.
Get to know their motivations
You really don’t know this person yet, so if they haven’t done so, ask for a one-to-one meeting. It’s important you put your best foot forward at this point too, presenting your most professional self. Explain your role within the team and open a dialogue that is friendly and non-combative. Unless your new manager has come in all guns blazing and laid off half the team, there is no reason to believe that they are anything other than happy with your work.
It’s a good idea to ask what their goals are for the next six months to a year and see how you’ll be able to fit into that. What ideas can you bring to the table? Understanding where they are coming from will be a great foundation to build from and will help to build a relationship.
Give it time
It’s all new – to both of you. If you had a collegiate relationship with your old boss and your team all got along famously, you’ll have to expect a bit of an adjustment period. Looking at this with a positive attitude instead of through a negative lens will make a big difference.
However, if you’ve found you simply can’t get on with a new boss, then we have three jobs below that are worth a look, as well as plenty more to browse on the Fintech Futures Job Board.
Senior Digital Marketing Manager – Hybrid, Zenus Bank, London
As the Senior Digital Marketing Manager at Zenus Bank, your role is to help set the digital strategy and drive the programme of work required to deliver both the B2B and B2C digital infrastructure and processes to achieve the acquisition and retention targets for the business. You’ll be selecting and managing the technology, agencies, and team required to get the job done. You’ll need two to five years’ proven experience in a similar role, agency or client side, preferably in a B2B fintech, bank, or regulated business. Apply now.
Financial Modelling Manager, Starling Bank, London
To support its wider growth and strategic objectives, Starling Bank is looking for a Financial Modelling Manager to develop and maintain models to support the bank’s strategic reviews, long-term business and regulatory planning, and special projects such as new ventures, capital/debt raising, and M&A. You’ll work across business planning, financial modelling, decision support, and business cases and strategic projects. Get more information here.
Global Head of Compliance, Checkout.com, London
As the Global Head of Compliance at Checkout.com, you’ll manage a global compliance team and continue to develop and enhance the firm’s compliance framework. You will design, develop, communicate, deliver, and maintain best-in-class compliance programs, policies, and practices by implementing applicable controls, procedures, and training. You will also conduct targeted risk assessments, risk-based testing, and monitoring, establishing compliance training requirements and reporting. Find the full job spec here.
About the author:
Kirstie works for our job board partner, Jobbio.
Based in Dublin, she has been a writer and editor across print and digital platforms for over 15 years.