Starting a New Job
A mix of emotions can emerge when starting a new job, such as:
It’s perfectly normal to experience a few jitters when starting a new position. However, most people find that their first day on the job can go well if they prepare before beginning the job.
Before the big day, find out the office dress code and plan out first-day logistics. You should also consider going for a run or attending a yoga session to help alleviate any negative thoughts about beginning a new job. Most importantly, a good night’s rest and early morning preparation are the easiest ways to minimise any stress on the morning of your first day.
First Week of a New Job
While preparation is sure to relieve any mental stress, it’s quite possible that you face a few challenges during your first week on the job. Some of these challenges may include:
- Avoiding information overload
- Getting accustomed to the expectations that accompany your position
- Developing relationships with co-workers and staff
- Recognising office dynamics
- Finding your niche within company culture
To overcome some of these challenges, consider integrating some of the following tips into your daily work routine.
When beginning a new job, build relationships with current employees by:
- Demonstrating Effort: Before anything, you have to show that you want to be part of the team.
- Learning Names: Impress your colleagues by remembering their names after the first meeting. Helpful hint: After meeting someone, make a note on your phone or in a diary with a personal detail to jog your memory.
- Attending Company Events: Make every effort to attend company events so that people begin to recognise your face.
- Avoiding Joining a Clique: Don’t fall into the trap of office gossip and avoid joining an office clique at all costs.
- Balancing Professional and Personal: Take the time to understand your colleagues’ professional ethos, as well as various aspects of their interests.
Sharing Your Skillset
To highlight your skill set, consider the following:
- Observe: When you first start a new job, understand company culture before attempting to define your place within it.
- Know Your Weak Spots: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s important to know your limitations.
- Establish Yourself: Demonstrate your capabilities and show that you deserve to be there.
- Offer Assistance: Once you have established yourself in the office, humbly offer your assistance if you notice your expertise is needed.
- Give 100%: Always give one hundred percent, no matter how big or small your task is.
Liaising with a Manager
By establishing a relationship with your manager, you can quickly learn:
- Company Culture: Observing management’s demeanour in the workplace is the quickest way to learn company culture.
- Clear Expectations: By directly approaching a manager, you understand expectations regarding your performance.
- Goal Setting: Working with a manager allows you to develop your own personal short and long-term goals within the company.
- Performance Updates: By communicating with the manager, you can receive feedback on your performance.
- Team Dynamics: A manager often sets the tone for the dynamics between employees.
Rather than complaining and gossiping about an issue, alert a manager or a member of the HR department. Consider the following when experiencing a work-related issue:
- Recognise Real Issues: Obviously, you don’t want to report a colleague for committing one of your pet peeves. Know when an issue is detrimental to the company as a whole and report accordingly.
- Report to the Next in Command: Try to avoid going to the top of the company to report an issue and involve as little people as possible.
- Know the Process: Don’t expect to see immediate results. Addressing workplace issues often takes time.
- Stand Up for Yourself: You may think that an issue is just affecting you, but remember that your experience in the workplace is important.
- Ask for Help: Ask for help if you are having trouble adjusting to the workplace and be accountable for your own experience.
A probationary period can be seen as a test run for both the employee and the employer.
To get through the probationary period:
- Utilise Training: Consider every moment a learning experience and capitalize on the training courses the company provides.
- Seek Feedback: The only way to resolve issues with your performance is actually to know your manager’s opinion on your performance.
- Be Visible: Show your face around the company during this time and establish yourself as a welcome addition to the team.
- Be Positive: If you are struggling in the first weeks of the probationary period, remain positive.
- Gain a Mentor: Seek an established person in the company to help you acclimate to company culture.
There’s no doubt that starting a new job can be stressful. However, your effort to fit into company culture and maintain a professional ethos can take you a long way. After getting through the first weeks of the job, you are sure to ask yourself, why was I worried in the first place?