Hello and welcome! You just got a brand new job at our company and I couldn’t be more than thrilled to work with you. I want you to know that I totally support you in your new job and if you have any questions, just let me know! Ok cool, now that we’ve had that completely fake conversation, let’s get real. Welcome to your new job. Please stay out of my way until I’ve decided you’re someone worth my time.
We’ve all been there. We’ve all started new jobs, and we’ve all had new co-workers just starting. It’s an overwhelming feeling to start a new job and all you want to do is make friends and impress people. (I think) You are trying to get the lay of the land, while also thinking of changes that can make your new company better. Of course you want to impress your boss, we all do. Here’s my five tips for how to deal with being a new employee.
- Dress professionally until you get the specifics on the dress code and a feel for what others wear. You may have heard it’s a casual company, but aren’t you there to impress people? Why in the world would you wear jeans with holes on your first week? Dress to impress, not to fit in.
- Don’t make suggestions, ask questions. I’m sure you have a lot of great ideas, but be sure you are asking the proper questions first before throwing them out there. Chances are your suggestion has already been considered and it won’t work for whatever reason. You’re just wasting people’s time when you try to make random changes without fully understanding what’s going on.
- For those in a management role, take time to understand what’s on the plate of the people you are managing. Find out what they are spending their time on and help them prioritize all tasks before giving them more work. And if they are not someone you are directly managing, speak with their manager before handing out tasks.
- Don’t jump on the bandwagon of bad attitudes. I get it, there’s a lot of negativity around and it’s easy to hear that and jump in on the complaints. But just don’t… You are supposed to be new and excited about this opportunity you have. You just got the job and you should be grateful for that opportunity. Instead of joining in on thecomplaints, take some time to see the good.
- Have fun! Starting a new job can be stressful, but you came to your new company for a reason. You have the opportunity to meet new people and learn new things. Don’t bring your baggage from your previous job along with you because this is a new place and a different environment.
Learning a new job is stressful, I get it. I started my current position only ten months ago and I tried my hardest to take my own advice. This post was actually written about a year ago when I was at my previous job and the company was hiring new employees left and right. So if anyone that I work with currently thinks I’m talking about them, I’m not!
Tell me, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve received for starting a new job?
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