How to Win in Your New Job
Jim’s just about to graduate from university. Lucky for him, his hard work has paid off and he’s already been offered a new graduate position in the new year. Jim’s super stoked and really excited to begin; however, he’s a little nervous. He’s done a couple of short internships throughout his university studies, but nothing long-term. As the office arena is still pretty new to him, Jim is a little anxious about how he’s going to fit into the workplace and avoid the office politics he often hears about.
Jim wants to get off on the right foot at his new company and make good relationships. He also wants to ensure he has the opportunity to show he’s got what it takes to do great things and grow in the role.
Jim wants some advice on how he should approach the workplace “arena”?
Some advice for Jim
Starting off at a new company is always a little nerve-wracking. But it’s important to realise the importance of establishing good relationships with co-workers from day one. Don’t worry if you feel like you don’t fit in straight away. That’s the same for everyone! It can sometimes be useful to look to the behaviour of your colleagues to better understand the “vibe” of the company – what’s acceptable, what’s not in terms of dress code, lunching, office hours, meeting styles, emails etcetera. This can really help to ease your anxieties about “not fitting in” to the company.
1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
You’re new to the company; there’s no way you can know the answers to everything. Don’t waste time trying to solve a problem on your own, as it is often less efficient and can also result in avoidable errors. Seek assistance from your manager or one of your colleagues. This being said, do not continually ask the same question. Ask the question, listen and learn, ensure you properly understand it, and away you go!
2. Don’t take on other tasks until you’ve nailed the one you were hired for.
If you really want to become a standout at the company, begin by focusing all your attention on the role you were hired for. Once you excel at that and you prove to your manager that you have great potential, your time to shine in the spotlight will come.
3. Get to know your co-workers and build rapport.
Introduce yourself to everyone you interact with and try to get to know them on a personal level. If you are able, take a lunch break with them. Avoid existing cliques; be open to office friendships with all your co-workers, and don’t let other people’s opinions or gossiping dissuade you from getting to know someone.
4. Be honest but accepting of existing processes.
Many companies have “there way of doing things”. Many of these may not make sense to you, may seem inefficient or may be different from what you’re used to. Give the processes a chance; often you will realise why it’s implemented in such a way. If after a while you still feel the process is not working well, raise your concerns and suggest an appropriate alternative in a friendly and constructive manner. Tip: do not simply complain and not offer possible solutions.
5. Stay away from office politics.
Gossip and bitching exists in almost every office. Don’t engage with it. If you can walk away, do so. If you can’t stay out of it and keep quiet! There’s nothing to be gained from gossip in the office, and there’s plenty to be lost if it turns nasty. You’re at the beginning of your career, and building your working relationships is vital to success and growth.
6. Offer to assist where you can.
As you settle more into your role, you may want to start putting your hand up to assist your co-workers with extra projects outside your work scope. Whether this is simply sitting in on meetings or playing an integral part in a task, this will prove your are a team player and motivated to helping the business succeed. It will also give you the opportunity to learn new skills while playing an active role at your company.
7. Be enthusiastic, stay positive!
Maintaining a positive attitude at work is one of the most important things to remember when in the workplace, and it’s so very simple. Stay motivated, be enthusiastic and be bold. A successful future awaits!