So You’re Starting a New Job
Posted on July 5, 2013 by TNS Consulting Team (via Scott Spayd)
Starting a new job is often a very exciting time with the prospect of new responsibilities, a new environment and new coworkers. Of course, with all of these changes, it can be difficult to know the best way to find your real role within the company while you’re required to learn a lot of new information in a short time. With a few general tips, even the most frazzled new hire can find a way to do his or her best and to establish a meaningful purpose within the organization.
Determine expectations. You’ve likely read your job description pretty thoroughly in order to understand what the job is all about by the time you’re hired. While this is a logical starting point, don’t forget to ask questions of coworkers and supervisors about what they expect of the role or the person filling it. Asking this can help you to get a broader understanding of others’ expectations (so that you know how to attempt to fulfill them!) while simultaneously building relationships with others. What’s more, those that you ask will see that you’re genuinely interested in performing well.
Along with determining others’ expectations, stop to consider your own expectations. This can include many things from what you expect in compensation/benefits, to work-life balance, to the quality of teamwork with others. This could also include your performance expectations and goals for yourself.
Use your newness to your advantage. In many positions, it can be extremely helpful to look at organizational policies and procedures with a fresh set of eyes in order to make necessary changes. For example, in my own experience, with each new job I begin, my supervisor typically throws a lot of information at me before I am acclimated to the culture and knowledge level of other current employees so that I am able to use an outsider’s perspective as an advantage. Sometimes this can be as simple as stating that some procedure didn’t make sense when your supervisor assumed it did, and through finding this out, the supervisor can change it to work better in the future. Using an outsider’s perspective can help a new employee to have an edge to do some great things in the first few months of employment that not only allow him or her to stand out in terms of performance, but to guide the employee to understand how he or she can be an asset to the organization moving forward.