The excitement of a new job can’t be defined – the fascination of a better title, responsibilities, compensation and other monetary and lifestyle benefits are things that excite most of the people. At the same time, there is a feeling of anxiety and tension about the unknown things like
Will I succeed in the new workplace?
Will I like my co-workers and make good friends over there?
Will this job be fun and challenging at the same time?
Will I fit in with the company culture? Etc…
Irrespective of the thoughts moving in your head, there are a few things you can do ahead of time to set yourself for success at your new job.
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Make sure if possible, when you receive the job offer from the hiring manager or the HR, make sure you understand all the details including telecommuting options and flexible work arrangements, you should not move blindly to the company. Most people think they can start a new job and then slowly sweet-talk their manager to allow telecommuting. While this may be true for the majority of workplaces, but there are some workplaces and work teams that have a stricter view about remote work, yes you can’t believe lazy fellows tricks won’t get work out there. If flexibility and remote work options are important to you, bring it up during the interview process and during the negotiation process.
During the very first week at the workplace, outside of orientation and other job learning sessions that are set up for you, ensure that you get some one on one time directly with your manager. Ask if you can go out to lunch if possible that makes a good impression on you.
Use this time to gather the team culture especially around areas of responsibilities and communication too. The most common problems and conflicts that arise at work are when responsibilities are not clear and people assume someone else is responsible for a piece of work. The second common problem is when open communication is not encouraged and people have to resort to water-cooler conversations to talk about issues that should be openly spoken about and addressed.
Also, use this time to gently tell your manager how you work best – give her/him examples of how you do extremely well when the lines of communication are open among the team. How you prefer immediate feedback and rectification, fairly than wait for months to be told in a performance review about something that you do not remember. This does not mean that you are not open to last minute tasks and emergency situations. It just indicates that your preference is as indicated above.
Set up lunches with members of your team and other colleagues you will be working closely with the company. In addition to sharing about you and trying to build a relationship, try to understand what they love about their job and what aspects they would love to see improved are. This is a great way to add value to others outside of your standard job responsibilities if you have the capability to solve the problems they are facing for sure.
Avoid doing from making impressions based on other people’s opinions of people, team or the organization itself. You will hear a lot of stories and possibly gossip during your lunch sessions. Be polite and hear the other person out without forming an opinion.
Make certain you begin making relationships with the administrative professionals. In most big organizations, the administrative assistants, the receptionist, the office managers etc all are key players who know a lot about the culture and office dynamics.
By following these steps will help you navigate the new environment better and help you set yourself up for success.
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