When people start a new job, the biggest mistake they can make is assuming that their work is done. This could not be farther from the truth. When people start a new job, the work has really just begun. First impressions can be a key factor when it comes to the individual’s reputation in their new organization. The professional reputation means everything when it comes to getting raises and eventually getting higher jobs in the company. Therefore, people must do their best to make a good impression on everyone they meet. This is particularly true in the early days of a new job. Whether it is fair or not, people make judgments very early and one or two actions can solidify a person’s impression about a new employee. With that in mind, here are a few best practices for starting a new job.
Be on time
It may seem obvious but punctuality is a major factor when it comes to starting a new job. Current employees have nothing else to judge the new employee on except their ability to get to work on time. If people are late in the first few days of their job, it can send a strong message as to their seriousness about the position they have attained. Even if it requires making some serious adjustments to his schedule, people need to make sure they are at their desk on time. Preferably, they should actually get there early so they give an impression of hard work and ambition.
A new employee does not want to appear clueless. After all, they were hired because they have some level of experience or knowledge. Still, a new employee does not know everything and it can be disastrous if they make a mistake that could have been avoided if they would have asked a question. Rather than making assumptions, new employees should ask tactful and thoughtful questions so that they start out on the right foot. Again, current employees may expect that the new employee will not know very much but they are typically comfortable with the new person asking a few questions, particularly if it will avoid problems and corrections in the future.
Probably the biggest thing that an employee should monitor is their attitude towards the job. As mentioned, current employees will monitor a new employee very closely in certain situations and they will pay particular attention to how they approach their job. It can be difficult for some people to manufacture a cheerful attitude, but to the best of their ability they should make sure that they do not complain and that they express a willingness to work hard and take on projects that may not be desirable. Completing work matters in the workplace but personality is sometimes even more important sinse individuals have to deal with each others quirks and habits throughout the entire day. Therefore, a new employee should do their best to be kind, respectful and courteous with everyone that they meet. It may be tempting for a new employee to come in and try to make a “splash” with their aggressive personality. However, this can backfire, particularly if that personality is disruptive to the relative flow and environments of an established office setting.
Overall, there is a measure of humility that should be applied to a new job. Confidence is great and people should start a new job believing in themselves. However, existing employees do not typically appreciate the new person who comes in and talks about themselves constantly or tries to take over. There may be a time to be assertive but new employees are typically successful when they start out by watching and listening.