Where to start? Beginnings are all about something new. They involve a certain amount of change. They can sometimes come with a dose of unexpected events and people. Same goes for when you start a new position or employer.
Let’s focus on a fresh start in a completely new environment. I would like to share my experiences in that field in hopes to provide you with a set of useful tips on how to get through starting with a new company – and how to emerge victorious from it!
Before You Start
First of all, know that it takes time to build relationships with new teammates. Be prepared that you may not end up as friends with everyone. Have in mind that it is not doable in terms of time and resources. Not when starting a new job, or elsewhere. What is crucial is to gain trust as an employee and a teammate, especially in the beginning. If you are appreciated by the work you are about to accomplish, the rest will follow.
It is normal to have some concerns about new situations and environments in which you are about to be found; likewise, your new teammates may have concerns. Although they probably won’t let on, they have certainly already looked you up Google and/or LinkedIn. After your first visit to the office, or first interaction with you, they will begin to form opinions about you, just as you will with them. It’s all part of the process and you should not be concerned.
Instead, you can focus on some of the below.
Be well-rested. Remember first days at work require a lot of attention. Make sure you get enough sleep every night. Learning and processing new information not only requires a high-level of attention, but also interaction – you need to be responsive. You also don’t want to appear tired or unenthusiastic.
Attitude is key. Do not expect too much, but think positive. Definitely avoid overthinking and stressing about how it is going be. You’ll see!
During the First Few Weeks
First impressions. Although first impressions do matter, it does not stick to a person forever. Opinions can change over time. Just remember how many times you have given something or someone a second thought that was not the impression you first formed.
Introduce yourself. Your manager or supervisor will most likely help you get acquainted with your new work and then introduce you to your teammates. For any teammates you haven’t encountered or been introduced to, you should introduce yourself.
Do not overshare. It is just a start. There will be time to talk about yourself, family, previous work, etc., in the future when you become better acquainted with your teammates. Being loquacious in the beginning may damage your professional image. However, on the flip side, you won’t want to be too quiet either.
Ask questions and confirm information. Starting a new job involves learning new things. This applies to both inexperienced and experienced candidates. When starting a new job you’ll need to learn and understand new technology, processes and the organization’s culture.
After Some Time
So it has been a month or so. Maybe it took a bit longer, but you are getting acquainted. You are becoming a valuable part of the team and the company. You are trained and each day you become less dependent on others with your tasks. This is good – keep it up!
If you are a more seasoned employee, below there are some universal tips that can be helpful too.
Remember, there are no stupid questions. It is better to ask several times than be left with no answer when in doubt.
Communicate your feelings and give feedback. Feedback does not need to come only from managers. It works both ways and is important to be shared among your teammates as well. If you do not feel comfortable with something, it is always better to communicate it.
Avoid criticizing. If you do not agree with something, make sure you communicate it in a proper manner. Do not be afraid to give feedback. If you have hesitations, refer back to my previous point.
Share your knowledge. Even though you are new to a team or a company does not mean that you do not have experience. Any useful knowledge, skills and advices could benefit your team. You may have a fresh look on the way work has been done previously that could become crucial in improving the process.
Assist your new teammates. Employees can come and go. Devote some of your time to new joiners and make sure they are not left out. This will encourage engagement and hopefully they will stay. Someone has done that for you before, right?
Karma works! Giving = receiving back.