The first few weeks in an organization can be a bit strenuous as a new employee. There are often doubts – what if you cannot find common grounds with colleagues? What should be done in order not to spoil the impression on the first working day? How do you create a positive image and build a good relationship with co-workers? Amongst others – But do not worry; it is not as difficult as you think, Big life changes are never easy and making a few mistakes comes with the territory!
This post sheds more light on how to handle the first few weeks.
VISUALIZE A GREAT DAY. Think ahead of time, what do you see happening? Do you think it is going to be a great day or do you think it is going to be as bad as people say every “first day” is? Your mind is a great tool, so try to think of all you believe is good and positive in you. Tell yourself that you will be a happy and great person to work with for everyone.
ARRIVE ON TIME or a little early on the first day: Most people might not think that this is necessary but imagine getting to work on your first day at 10:00am when work resumes at 7:30? What do you think the general opinion will be?
It is your fist day, so, wake up early, get ready, ensure you get to work before the resumption time and stay a little later each day so that you have more time to become familiar with your new workplace.
ENSURE THERE IS NO PENDING PAPER WORK: Ensure all outstanding paperwork are duly signed and turned in promptly.
KNOW THE EXPECTATIONS: It is a new job so the expectations are different. There are so many ways to find out what the expectations are without appearing clueless. Get a clear understanding of how things are done, the process flow, your deliverables, which can be your Key Performance Indicator’s and familiarize yourself with it.
KEEP AN OPEN MIND. Do not be quick to jump to a conclusion on whether the job was the right decision or not. It may not be all that you expected at the initial stage (at least for some) or may even be more than you expected (for some), but there are often undiscovered silver linings, if you look for them. Do not forget “The grass is not so green on the other side.” So, keep an open mind and enjoy each day.
PLAN HOW TO MAKE AN IMPACT: The most important thing you need to determine – besides what your job is about, what is expected of you, and how to do your job – is how to make a real impact. Take your time and understand exactly what you are to do. Do not rush it, but also be sure you remind people that you are not just a “Newbie” and that their original reasons for hiring you were valid, because you are capable of producing results.
BE IN A POSITIVE MOOD: Do not be upset if you notice that the attitude of colleagues are not changing; it is not surprising because there has always been the uncertain and wary opinion about the “Newbie”, which eventually may change for the worse or better. Remember! Do not let this affect you! Be friendly! Keep a positive mood and you will be fine.
ACCEPT ADVICE: It is common to receive advice from those who have been in the organization for a longer period. Listen to their advice carefully; some of them will come in handy in doing your work. Never take such advice as criticism or doubt in your competence. Thank them for their advice, “filter”, that is, take the advice you know will help you on the job and drop the ones that might hinder the job.
RESPECT THE RULES OF THE COMPANY: As the saying goes “First impressions always last longer” The professional image of a new employee is formed after a very short period and is rather difficult to change. Therefore, you should not neglect such important things like punctuality or compliance to the dress code. Try to come 10-15 minutes before the beginning of the work day. Comply will all internal regulations of the company and “all will be well with you”
All the best!