Starting a New Job

Starting a new job is a big career turning point in everyone’s life. Whether you’re a graduate, manager or a CEO, regardless of your career caliber, it is a huge milestone.


When you start a new job, it’s exciting and perhaps scary, maybe overwhelming, and mixed emotions may be involved. Also keep in mind that it’s a change for everyone already at the company, as they will be adjusting to working with someone new.

Always remember to take into consideration existing colleague’s and manager’s position as it is important to remember that you’re entering an environment that existed before you got there. Keep abreast of the fact that your new coworkers may greet you with open arms, or they may be nervous… especially if you have a management role and the ability to make changes within a company.

Whether you are going into your new role as the manager or an employee, don’t rush in and make changes, but try to find out as much about the company and the culture, as you may have done things a different way in your last role which may not apply to this new environment. By having an open mind, you may learn how to find the best solutions for changes that can have a positive effect on all employees at all different levels. Even if you were hired with the main focus of making changes, try to get the lay of the land and get a feel for what is currently working and what may not be working so well. Every environment is different and traditional ways of working may not be as efficient as they once were.

It’s much easier to obtain new ideas and take direct orders from an existing employee who knows a little bit more about the company than you do. Introducing yourself and being personable to as many people as possible will give off a fantastic first impression, which is the most effective way of settling in to a new job. Once you have built a friendly relationship with existing employees, show interest in their daily work and take the initiative to establish a trusted ground… your job becomes much easier when you do so. We all must keep in mind that your reputation from your last role does not come with you. Even if you’re coming in at a high level, it’s important to reestablish yourself and set a new bar.

Try to get in early and be one of the last to leave, especially at the start. This may sound a bit crazy, especially when your initial workload may be low, however you should be taking it all in and offering to help where you can – especially when you are finding your feet. Be willing to volunteer for new projects and more complex assignments.

Being a new employee means you get a fresh start. You can choose to take on this next role exactly how you want to. Be thoughtful in your approach and try to consider what your actions say about you and how they will be perceived. It is healthy to suggest unique/innovative ways to do things however take time to understand your new environment how your actions will impact those around you.

Finally, listen! Be open to changes, improvements, suggestions from your colleagues and always bring positive energy to the office, even when you may not be feeling it. Your attitude around your colleagues is a lot more noticeable than you think.