The first few months of starting a new job can be tough. It’s a time where you are getting your feet wet and trying to fit in to your new roll and workplace.
There are certain things that can help you break into your new position and get things off on the right foot. When you’re the new kid on the block, your primary goal is to learn as much as possible about the position and the workplace. You also want to gain the trust and respect of others in the office.
Here are a few tips to remember when starting a new job:
Be aware of your arrival and departure times: When you’re new, everyone is observing you and making their own opinions on how you behave. Take this time to observe other employees to learn a typical work day.
You don’t have to be the first one in or last one out, but it’s a good idea to show your dedication by coming in early and leaving a little later. Before you leave, touch base with your manager or team and see if there is anything else that needs your attention before you head out.
Connect outside of work: Step out of the office and join coworkers for lunch or happy hour. It’s natural to be shy when you first start but coworkers might get the wrong idea.
It’s a great idea to learn about people outside the office. It gives both sides an opportunity to learn about each other but you will want to be on good behavior if you’re new to the crowd.
Offer to help: If there is something that needs to be completed, volunteer. You don’t want to get overwhelmed with this side project so be aware of how much you can handle but when you’re starting out, you should be willing to help as much as possible.
Fit in with the crowd: There are unspoken rules in many departments, the earlier you learn them the better. People don’t always agree and some of these rules might not be the way you operate, but do yourself a favor and bite your tongue. You can look bad if you don’t.
If you feel your workplace is not the right fit, start looking for new positions outside of work. Do you best to leave on good terms and the terms you want.
Starting a new job can have it’s ups and downs, but if you stick to these helpful tips, it might be an easier transition that you thought.