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 that you will work with.
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 learn the company and the culture, as you may have done things a different way at your old job which may not apply in this new situation. By listening with an open mind, you may learn how to find the best solutions for changes that can cater to all employees of different levels. Even if you were hired to make changes, try to get the lay of the land and feel out what’s working and what isn’t. Sometimes, unusual methods succeed, or less traditional ideas are what’s actually working.
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 creates a great first impression, which can last for a very long time. Once you have built a friendly relationship with existing employees, show interest in their daily job 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 job 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.
Be the first to work and the last to leave. This may sound a bit crazy, especially when your workload may be low– maybe not every day, but most of the time. Be open to volunteering for new projects and more complex assignments. You should also be willing to be involved in social engagements, as things like birthday lunches and after-work drinks help you establish a relationship with your new coworkers and/or management.
As a new employee, you have a fresh start to create the version of you that you want to present in the workplace. Be thoughtful in your approach and try to consider what your actions say about you and how they will be perceived. It’s, of course, fine to suggest new ways to do things or to draw upon your past experience but doing that is easier when you understand the environment you’re operating in and how your actions will impact other people.
Be open to learning and doing things in a different way than you have in the past!