Starting a new job – putting your best foot forward!
So you’re starting a new role and you’re keen to please your new employer. As humans, we are naturally social creatures, so building good working relationships will only make our work life more enjoyable and productive.
You’ve already made some great impressions on your first day in the business, but it’s now time to build some long lasting, meaningful relationships with your colleagues to truly embed yourself into the business.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that heading into an already established team can be somewhat daunting, but here are some things to consider to help you put your best foot forward:
Any new employee can sit around waiting to be told what to do. Bear in mind most new employees won’t be given heavy workloads straight away, if you can see a task needs doing, no matter how simple it may be, approach it without having to be asked first.
Prove that you are an engaged in your own independent learning by tackling new tasks head on in order to learn as you go on. Some minor mistakes are of course inevitable but by demonstrating your willingness to take on the challenge and get learning, you’ll be sure to impress your peers.
Ask Lots of Questions
Asking questions is not a sign of weakness, it’s demonstrating your willingness to learn and professionally develop. Seek to understand how and why things happen the way they do before you start thinking of alternatives or ways of streamlining a process. Your new employees are a mind full of information so be sure to call on their valuable resource.
Get to Know Your Team
Don’t focus all of your time and effort impressing senior management, get to know the whole team. You spend most of your week surrounded by your team so it’s important that you get to know your new work family. Take time to get to know people in your lunch hour or get involved in out of work activities. Winning the trust and support of your team will be pivotal to your ongoing success.
Stick to your Promises and Deadlines
There is no quicker way to tarnish your reputation than not delivering on the work that is required of you. This includes the duties you are responsible for and the extras that have been asked of you.
If you feel that too much is being asked of you whether it be the initial stages or a couple of years down the line, be honest and transparent to your colleagues and managers. It’s better to tell them first rather than be pulled up on your mistakes or lack of productivity.
Avoid Idle Gossip and Internal Politics
Joining a new business, you won’t have been privy to what has been going on internally. It’s far too easy to get pulled into the whispers and stories that get banded around the office. It’s important to retain an independent mind when settling in to a new role – make your own judgements on situations and avoid being influenced by others where possible. Focus your attentions on getting to know your new role and responsibilities.
Be Present With Your Team
A strange thought, but make sure you give a new role your full attention. You may have circumstances going on at home, or commitments you’re trying to meet elsewhere but it’s important that you try and give yourself wholeheartedly to a new opportunity in order to get yourself settled as quickly as possible. For example, don’t be checking your phone every two minutes or making private phone calls during working hours.
Timekeeping and absences are always closely monitored in your early months of employment. All employers understand that illness does strike but it’s crucial that you demonstrate that you have a strong work ethic and commitment to your new team.
If you need some support in progressing your career, or just find yourself at a bit of a cross roads and aren’t sure what to do next, please give me a call today.