When you get promoted something happens that they never tell you. No one warns of this phenomenon. No was explains about this inner growth that happens.
You become not only the person that tells a group of employees what to do and how to do it. You become more than a trainer. More than the person that makes sure they get paid correctly. You inherit emotions towards your employees. You want to see them successful. You want to see them happy. You want to sympathize with them in times of need.
They become your family. You become the person they look to to not only get information but support. They want to tell you about their day, good or bad. A relationship is built that goes much further than work.
I’ve had all types of things told to or asked of me that a normal work relationship normally doesn’t require.
I once had an employee come into work really emotional and when confronted she shared with me that she had her boyfriend propose to her just hours prior.
One employee found out about my career aspirations to become a police officer and asked advice about a ticket he received.
I have been there for my employees to give relationship advice, life advice, family advice, health advice, anything and everything they just feel like getting off their chest.
Almost two years ago I lost an employee to suicide. It was heartbreaking to have worked with a young man five nights a week and not see the pain he was going through.
The whole area suffered the loss of our coworker and turned to me to support them in a time of mourning. I was going through the same situation as they were yet had to stay strong and supportive no matter how heavy my heart got.
Since that situation I have strived to never allow another employee of mine to feel the way that young man did. I recently had an older woman start to show warning signs of suicidal thoughts.
I quickly got HR involved and got her the help she needed. She gave me the biggest hug with tears in her eyes and thanked me for caring enough to step up.
Becoming a supervisor isn’t for the faint of heart. Not only do I have the responsibility of running my operation, but I also strive to help impact each and every one of their personal lives.