<br/> <br/> <br/><br/><br/>Taking on more responsibility at the office typically implies that one is put under more stress, and this is what happens as you advance into a management role. You'll not become successful as a manager unless you can handle stress, and if this is your first job managing other people it would be odd if you didn't find it hard in the beginning. The pressure can seem to come from everywhere; from more senior managers whom you report to and from staff members that you are in command of. Readily accepting these sorts of situations and addressing them skillfully is one of the hallmarks of an effective leader and will set you up for success in the long term.<br/><br/>Learn firstly to recognize and apply yourself to the critical tasks that require attention from you, and back this up with planning that brings results. As a manager it is your job to get your team to do the work under your management and direction, so finding out how to delegate is key. As such, you have to strike a balance between helping your staff members as well as making it clear when you do not want to be disturbed. This may require a degree of training and also looking to other senior members of your team to field questions that do not require attention at your level.<br/><br/>Part of a manager's lot is that often decisions must be made which your staff members may not like, no matter that these may be forced by variables you don't control. Nonetheless, this can mean that you will have to handle dissatisfied members of staff which can be tough in the beginning. A sensible way to address these situations is to be open and honest, and to accept from the start that not all decisions are going to be popular and you can't change that. Disputes can sometimes involve strong words being used; these need to be forgiven and forgotten once resolution is reached and not be dwelled upon. <br/><br/>A sure sign of either being overloaded with tasks or not being well organized is when you are plowing away after hours. That's not the path to being successful and stress-free; as a manager you have to be more discerning and make more sensible choices regarding your workday. It is also important to find time to get away from your desk or office at particular times during the day. If you aren't making headway, it could well be time to talk to a more senior or experienced colleague. In this way their experience will help you grow wiser and equip you to handle future problems of a similar nature.<br/><br/>It is obvious that you require resilience as a manager but if you concentrate on the right things and seek out advice when required, you should find that you can thrive on the stress instead of being weighed down by it.