10 Things To Do When You Are new At Your Job

The First Day In A New Job Is A Frightening Experience For Most People

Making a positive first impression is a thing that sticks in people’s minds, so you need to get it right. So many thoughts running through your head: “What will people think of me?”, “Will they like me?” “Will I make a fool of myself?” “Am I out of my depth?”, “What if I cannot do the job?” “What is my boss like?” and that’s just the beginning.

Then comes the tricky part: settling in. Not only does it involve understanding the role requirements, but it also involves meeting people, remembering them, and becoming familiar with the work culture.

First Impression

This means when you first enter the building, stand tall, make eye contact, and shake hands. Dress the part, be confident in who you are, and remember you are as good as anyone else there, and they’ve all been in the same position as you! You have earned the right to be there. You are valued for your skills, knowledge, and experience; otherwise, they would not have employed you.

Relationships You Make 

Once you feel settled, build relationships with the people around you. It would help if you tried to get to know everyone on a professional level – how they work and what they do within their job role, and a personal level – what they enjoy doing as a hobby and what they like to do outside of work.

Resist the urge to keep to yourself, as this will make the integration slower. Getting to know your manager is probably more important but no different. Talk to them, make a point of greeting them, share something about yourself and ask after them. Over a short period, you will come to understand their management style. Do they bark out orders or ask for ideas? Do they tell everyone what is going to happen, or do they delegate responsibility? Do they leave you to get on with it, or do they offer help in the form of coaching or even being a mentor?

Questions You Ask

I believe there is no such thing as a wrong or bad question. It shows people care enough to find out the risk of appearing uninformed. Good managers will understand this concept and be patient and helpful, especially in your role’s early days. They will appreciate your effort to settle in and take responsibility for yourself. Keep a note of things you are unsure of and look for an opportunity to ask questions, and ensure you do not leave the conversation until you’re confident with the answers.

Co-workers are a useful resource here as they will have been through the same uncomfortable process you are currently in. Find someone you feel comfortable with, and remember, you are there to learn, so not knowing everything is okay.

Culture

Culture is how things are done. No two places are the same to work in. The people and the unspoken rules and practices take time to learn. One of the most important aspects here is how people communicate. Do they email each other or step away from their desk and hold a conversation? Do they hold formal meetings with minutes and action plans? If you want to speak with someone, do you need to arrange a suitable time, or can you be spontaneous?

Always take the opportunity to find out more about the way the world and workplace work, if you can wear a certain pair of shoes or if you should correspond through emails or face-to-face.

Get To Know Who You Work With

As you get to know people, take note of who has a positive or negative attitude. From years of experience working with both types, I will take the positive ones every time. I do not enjoy the complainers, the moaners, or those who gossip. They will want you to agree with their attitude and join in. This gives them a form of validation to justify their negativity and unhappiness. Look to the happy, smiling, positive workers, as it makes for a more progressive and pleasant experience at work.

Take Care Of Yourself

Starting a new job can be mentally and physically taxing. Although starting a new job can come with new responsibilities and challenges, you need to be mindful not to burn yourself out.  Once you’re away from work, spend time doing some activities and hobbies that you enjoy, invigorate you. You might feel that you must dedicate every hour that you’re awake, but this will have an overall negative impact on your work performance. Be sure to check your social media accounts and ensure that any personal information visible to the public also reflects your professional image.