My new boss is totally different from my old boss. Help me persuade my colleagues not to hate him.
I work in security at a small residential outpost in north-western England
. Our work's never exactly been demanding; the residents are usually pretty easy people and we don't often have to call the police or summon the emergency services.
From when I arrived two years ago, we had a long-entrenched manager who had a very hands-off, laissez-faire attitude. As a result, nothing was done except
what you brought directly to his attention, and my colleagues loved it- less work, right? They got on great with him. Regulations weren't enforced, security standards dropped, a few incidents occurred that you might argue would've been avoided otherwise. The workplace was generally disorganised, files got lost, things written down were left there for weeks and months.
Now we've got a new manager, much younger, coming from a hands-on retail background. He's high-powered, enthusiastic and competent; totally different from the old one. Even after three weeks, there's been major improvements; questions are being asked about sloppy standards, everything's being quietly and politely re-examined, the place even looks better-kept.
Here's the problem; my colleagues are security guards of the elder generation, all late 40s-early 60s guys. I'm barely out of my 20s, so I keep quiet and try not to make waves. They hate
the new manager; maybe because he's not their buddy, or because he issues memos and wants them to work hard, or maybe just because he's so much younger than they are.
There's a really strong macho-buddy culture
grown up in the security profession; it's difficult to get them to see that having high standards and organisation makes things easier for everyone in the long run. There's a lot of mutinous muttering, and I think they might start sabotaging things for him, (working to rule, demanding obscure contractual clauses get enforced, etc.) I'm trying not to annoy them, but I get on great with the new manager and love his approach. How can I talk to them and gently persuade them into at least seeing how the new approach works?