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
- Draw on your past experience. Look at your successes to help plan for your future.
- Create a personal development plan. What types of training or additional education might you need to be more productive? Discover obstacles in your way and come up with an action plan to overcome and tackle those obstacles ... To read more, please register or sign into the Career Ally Hub. This article is one of many available within our Career Ally Hub.
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