How to Supervise. Like a Boss.

Jasmine Boaler

Jasmine Boaler

I’ve worked in agency PR for a little more than three years and can confidently say I have the basics down pat. I can write, organize and present well. “Will do!” is part of my everyday vernacular. I can put on my happy face for the right people when needed, then switch it up, put my head down and crank out a press release – all within a few hours! Trying to keep up in the fast-paced world of agency PR is not easy, but doable. PR agency or not, I would say that the one thing that really takes time to master is the art of management.

This past year, I’ve had the privilege of becoming a direct supervisor to junior staff, and trust me; I have not taken this role lightly. I’ve have had plenty of amazing managers throughout my career – and still do – but I admit that I’ve taken that kind of supervision for granted. I’ve also had some, not-so-great managers who I’ve at times resented. But when you’re the one managing, all of a sudden it becomes difficult to translate all the things you loved about the best managers, and then you have a strange feeling of sympathy for the ones you hated in the past. You’re now responsible for someone’s growth, productivity, quality of work, time management, happiness – it’s hard and time-consuming. We get promoted because we’re good at our jobs, but rarely are we evaluated for our managerial skills. I knew I wasn’t the only one thinking about this, so I got with some of my PR gal pals to discuss (over drinks, of course) and outlined some advice we came up with for those embarking on the journey to being a first-time manager.

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