Whether you have been working for 20 years or just graduated from college, starting a new job can feel like you have just stepped into a strange new world. In order to be successful, both professionally and socially, you will need to pick up on what behaviours are acceptable, adhere to the dress code, and learn the lingo. That is a lot to do, especially when you don’t have any help.
However, although it is your company’s responsibility to teach you about their office culture, being successful at your new job will mainly depend on you. The following 6 tips can help you be successful in your new job.
1. Focus on your own personal brand
Throughout the interview process, you have heard it over and over again – from the minute you step into your office, that you represent your personal brand and yourself.
Now that it is your first day on the job, don’t forget how important first impressions are. Business and leadership life coach Jeanine Sciacca claims, “Quite often your initial 80 days at a job are considered to be an extension of your interview. This means every interaction should be used to demonstrate that you are a diligent, professional, and respectful worker, and also a person with whom your co-workers will like spending eight hours per day around.
2. Be careful about making demands early on – you must earn rewards and trust.
Some new employees will make demands at work during their first week on the job, ranging from how they will be handling their work to how their schedules should be arranged. You need to tread lightly. Trust must be earned. When you show up and do your job well to prove yourself, you will be provided with a lot more leniency on how your work and schedule can be handled.
3. Set healthy boundaries from the very beginning
It may take time to understand this career tip. However, it is worth discussing so you know how important it is to set healthy boundaries at work. Pet photography business owner Stephen Eleveld reminds us, “When healthy boundaries are set, you are clarifying what you feel is acceptable and what is unacceptable in terms of things like how personal you will let your work relationships be, how to deal with needing to say “no” when necessary, how many hours in total you are willing to work, and how late you will work.” After you have set an example of being willing to do specific things, it can be difficult to go back. So if your manager emails you during the weekend and you respond, that might set the expectation that you are willing and available to work on the weekends.
4. Stay out of other people’s business
Many employees end up making themselves look bad when they attempt to get involved in work issues that do not concern them. Work environments are often full of gossip, cliques, and “frenemies”, which smart and savvy new employees will choose to avoid. You are only responsible for your work unless you are a manager or supervisor.
According to Sydney Financial Firm Director Peter Langenberg, “The exception to that rule is when an individual is doing something that negatively impacts your being able to do your job, doing something that is unsafe, causing an unsafe work environment due to bullying or harassing, or doing something that is unethical. In those situations, you should inform HR or your supervisor.
5. Develop good time management skills for work from the beginning
When you first start working in the corporate world, projects and your workload can start to pile up very quickly. Those items along with your personal items that must be addressed regularly can become overwhelming unless you are able to practice good time management skills at work. Some of the more common time management methods include scheduling blocks of times for certain things to be addressed, maintaining a list of daily tasks, and setting priorities.
6. Ask plenty of questions
When you are a new hire there is so much for you to learn – ranging from how your organisation works to how to effectively do your job. Manager of a Sydney flyer company, Stephanie Holbrook explains, “It is natural for you to feel overwhelmed by everything that you must learn. Do not hesitate to ask questions when you need some clarity. It is a lot better to obtain the information that you need in order to handle things properly instead of having to learn the hard way that you are not doing something right.” No one is going to expect you to be a total professional when you are new on the job, and nobody will expect you to instantly know everything about your new organisation. There is a good chance that other people have similar questions, so do not hesitate to ask.
However, you should also do your own research to show some initiative. If you have been given answers to your questions, make sure that you listen carefully so you won’t need to ask the same questions again.
If you follow these tips, you get off to a great start at your new job.
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