How to integrate successfully into your new job

- 25/10/2017
How to integrate successfully into your new job

It  is  important  to  integrate  successfully  into  your  new  job  and  build  up  a positive reputation in  your new professional environment. A new job is a great opportunity to start fresh. This time you’ll never turn up late, emails will be filed and you’ll be more organised...

First impressions will have a lasting effect on your new co-workers. They will be  scrutinising  and  evaluating  you  as  well.  How  you  carry  yourself and  respond  to  others  is  important  during  you  first  weeks  on  the  job. Being prepared, well rested, and sincere will take you far. A bad first day could  set  you  off  on  the  wrong  foot  no  matter  how  good  your  intentions are.

You must set short-term goals to be successful.  Know what you want to accomplish and how you are going to do it before you arrive.

The First Week

  • Start with a positive attitude. Be sincere, enthusiastic, eager and energetic. Smile and show a good sense of humour
  • Ask Questions. If you’re not sure about anything...ask. There’s no such thing as a stupid question when you first start.
  • Introduce yourself. There may be someone making introductions for you, but if not do it yourself. Don’t be afraid to talk to senior people.
  • Remember People’s Names.  This will make a great impression. Repeat the person’s name as you shake their hand as this will help to make a conscious connection between the name and the face.
  • Be Open  and  Willing  to  Start  Learning.  Remember  that  every workplace  is  different,  there  may  be  similar  processes  to  what  you have  experienced  in  the  past,  but make  sure  you listen and  ask appropriate, pertinent questions.
  • Understand the reporting structure. Find out straight away who you report to and who reports to you. If you can get an organisational structure and job description. Learn who is in your chain of command. Speak with co-workers about company expectations for employees.
  • Always be timely. Arrive early and stay past leaving time.
  • Be presentable. Dress smartly.  Adhere to the dress code of the office.
  • Make a small difference early on. This could be as simple as setting up a new spreadsheet or template that saves everyone some time.
  • Be careful who you trust. It can be difficult to identify straight away who  the  gossips  are in  your  first  few  days, so  be  careful  about  who you let your guard down with.

 

The First Three Months

  • Challenge your induction plan. It’s not set in stone so ask to meet suppliers or customers or peers that aren’t part of your immediate team. The key is to get as broad a map of the organisation as you.
  • Set some SMART goals.  Agree your deliverables with your boss and make sure you deliver!
  • Observe and challenge. In your first few months you have the opportunity to ask the naive ‘why don’t we...?’ questions. Perhaps even present your observations to your boss with some ideas of how things could be done differently.  Be careful not to be arrogant or offend anyone.
  • Be a strong team player. Don’t just work individually, work with and support your team, offering your help wherever you can.
  • Get to know your colleagues. Spend time with your colleagues outside of the work environment. Invite them out for a drink
  • Get some perspective on the organisation. Visit other locations. If you  work  retail  spend  some  time  in  a  store;  if  you  work  in  a  bank spend time in a branch.
  • Understand the organisational structure and discover the needs of the   organisation.   Make   your   best   attempt   to   understand   the organisation well in terms of capabilities, finance, budgeting, existing strategies and priorities. 
  • Know the vision, mission, and values of the company. Find out to what extent these concepts are followed. 
  • Know   how   the   organisation   communicates. Does   everyone communicate  via  memos,  e-mails,  or  verbally,  for  instance.  What form of communication does your supervisor prefer

 

The First Year

 

Source: career development resources