The first days of work at your new job may be among the most memorable and perhaps most stressful days of your career. These first days will determine the speed with which you will integrate into a new workplace and successfully start your new job.
Now you need to prove your working skills and live up to the high expectations. However, you also will have to learn company policies, culture, and the best ways to communicate with your colleagues and integrate into a new workplace.
When starting a new job, you have a great opportunity for a clean slate. You can use the knowledge from previous work experiences – to contribute to the new role and establish great work relationships.
Here are a few tips that you should consider before you start a new job:
1. Prepare an elevator speech – mandatory for a new job
It is essential to realize that in a new company, you cannot avoid introducing yourself to company members. And it is indeed a delicate step into leaving a good impression and awaken curiosity, respect into the workplace. Moreover, it is the first step to integrate into a new workplace.
All in all, prepare yourself for the two options:
1. Introduction to the entire team at once.
It is essential to keep your speech short and positive. You can mention what your experience background is, what makes you excited to work with the team, and learn.
For Example: “I am educated and experienced in graphics design. I am looking forward to learning from my department. And of course, I am excited to improve myself within the company standards and contribute to the successful results shortly.”
2. Introduction to a single colleague or a smaller group.
In this situation, you can use the same speech you prepared for the first scenario, but you should convert it into dialogue. Ask your colleagues about their work, their duration in the company, or what do they like about the job. It would be best if you still kept the dialogue positive. Don’t talk or ask about things that may be too personal and negative.
Remember that in both scenarios, you must keep the speech professional. Moreover, show your pleasant personality and excitement about the opportunity you given.
2. Be social at the new workplace
Your goal in a new company should not be to make friends but create amicable relationships.
Because you are going to spend a lot of time with your colleagues, learning about their interests as well as hobbies is a must. Caring for their personalities will help you find common interests, which will establish a positive common ground.
When invited to have lunch, social events, parties with your new boss or/and co-workers – never turn these down. (Unless you have an appropriate reason.) It is essential to show interest and get to know your new colleagues in a less formal environment.
3. Get to know the company policies & culture.
Policies, terms of activity, brand manuals, and other documents are more than vital for you to be able to integrate into a new workplace. Some policies may be in written form and handed to you as a guide. If you don’t have the manual, you should, of course, always ask your supervisor. There are a few topics you should know about:
Do they approve or expect you to participate in professional associations? Can you attend conferences and get professional training?
What does the company perceive as an appropriate or inappropriate attire? Read more about how to analyze and choose the right dress code – click here.
What is the company’s preferred communication style, formal or informal? Observe the company communication standard in the first days of work. Do they use emails or social media to communicate?
Is there a formal written vacation and sick leave policy? Does the organization provide comp or flex time? Are you expected to take over extra working hours?
Can you work from home? Is it expected that you do so after the working hours? If you do have to work from home, keep in mind that it is crucial to arrange a stress-free environment. Learn more about how to stay productive while working from home.
Where do most people eat? When is the lunchtime and does the company cover the expense? How much time can I take for lunch? Does the team eat together?
Learning about these basic rules will help you adapt to a new environment much faster. Also, it will help you better monitor and plan the free time and prevent any misunderstandings.
4. Pitch your ideas at work
NEVER be afraid to present your ideas. You got the job due to your talent and experiences, and you are there to help them improve. Most importantly, you risk losing opportunities that might help you grow in your career (by restricting yourself from sharing your point of view).
When you spot an issue, offer constructive criticism and new solutions. Use your experiences to your advantage, focus on the positive aspects of your idea, and why you believe it would be an effective solution.
When your idea gets rejected, ask for the reason and possible research solutions to the arguments. Sometimes, dismissing ideas can be a cause of a lack of resources, or the timing can be wrong. These circumstances are why you should come back to the company representatives. Circumstances just as perspectives change with time, who knows, maybe today is the day for your brilliant idea.
Day Worker Team
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