TRANSITIONING TO THE WORKPLACE
Staring a new job is exciting and rewarding, but it can also be a little stressful because you don’t know what to expect. Whether you are starting your first “real” job after college or you are changing jobs or careers, it’s up to you to prove to your new Employer that they made the right decision to hire you. Below are tips to help you make a smooth transition to your new job.
UNDERSTAND WHAT’S EXPECTED OF YOU
Determine what your manager expects of you from the very beginning. Typically, your manager will meet with you within the first few days of your employment to discuss expectations and responsibilities. However, if this is not the case, it is up to you to ask. Confirm your understanding of your responsibilities with your manager to make sure that you are both on the same page. Find out if there are any “priority” projects that require your immediate attention. Be sure you know how your manager wants you to communicate with him or her. Does her or she prefer e-mail, conversations, or voice mail? It is also helpful for you to know how your performance will be evaluated. Having a clear understanding of what is expected of you may help you to adapt more quickly to your new job as well as ease some of the stress related to starting a new job.
As a new employee, your manager expects that you will have some questions, so do not be afraid to ask. If any assignments are unclear, ask for clarification. In addition, keep your manager informed of your progress and ask for regular feedback on your performance.
ESTABLISH GOOD WORK HABITS
Establishing good work habits not only shows your Employer that you are reliable and responsible, but it helps you to be a productive employee. Alternatively, if you establish poor work habits from the start, it may be difficult for you to change your Employer’s negative perceptions of you.
GOOD WORK HABITS TO ESTABLISH INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
- Be punctual to work and meetings.
- Avoid frequent absenteeism.
- Make sure your office or workspace is neat and organized.
- Keep personal phone calls and outside distractions to a minimum.
- Meet established deadlines.
- Be a dependable employee that can be counted on to get the job done.
DO YOUR JOB TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY
Always do the best you can do, regardless of the task you are assigned. Anything less will not only be a disappointment to your employer, but a disappointment to you. Keep in mind that sometimes when you start a new job you may be assigned tasks that seem trivial or unimportant. Take you tasks seriously, and do them to the best of your ability. If you demonstrate that you can handle the small tasks, your manager’s confidence in your abilities will most likely increase and soon you may find yourself working on more interesting projects.
ADAPT TO THE CORPORATE CULTURE
Companies expect their employees to fit in and accept the corporate culture. It’s up to you to learn your organization’s style and culture and be willing to adapt to it. Is the dress code “business casual” or do employees wear suits? Is there a designated lunch time? Are there specific company formats that are to be used when preparing reports, memos or other written documents? These are just a few things you will want to consider. You can learn about the corporate culture by familiarizing yourself with the employee handbook, observing your co-worker’s behavior and asking questions.
GET TO KNOW YOUR CO-WORKERS
Get to know and be known by others in your work environment. Be professional and courteous at all times, and learn the roles that your co-workers play within the organization. Learning who does what can help you figure out where you fit in the big picture. Furthermore, you may be asked to work as a part of a team with other co-workers. If you know your co-workers and have an understanding of their role within the organization, it will help you to be more effective member of the team.
FIVE THINGS NEVER TO DO ON THE JOB
- Do not act like a “know-it-all”.
- Never gossip. It’s not only harmful to your reputation, but it is harmful to the organization.
- Do not make excuses for yourself if you miss a deadline, make a mistake or do not meet a goal.
- Keep your personal life out of your professional life as much as possible.
- Avoid excessive socializing with co-workers.