Starting a new job is rarely an anxiety-free situation for most employees.
Will they catch on to the new workload? Will they live up to the expectations that are placed upon them from the moment they are hired? Lastly, will they work as a cohesive unit with the other workers in the office?
As all of us have found ourselves in this situation at one time or another, what are the best ways to deal with the matter?
Should we go out of our way to be in unison with our new co-workers? Should we just focus on the job and not the personal relationships in the office? Do we do a little bit of both?
Now that you have landed that job and are sitting down in that small cubicle that will be your home for 40 or so hours a week, how will you handle things?
Among the things to consider are:
- It is usually wise to maintain a low profile the first few weeks until you have a handle on both the job and any office politics that may or may not be going on.
- Be a leader not a follower. While I just told you to keep a low profile, that does not mean you cannot provide ideas, input etc. to your boss etc. Assuming your company has meetings, etc. by all means feel free to provide some valuable ideas without trying to take over the show.
- Find another co-worker to learn from. Even if you are the older and/or more experienced individual, by all means team up with a co-worker so that you start building professional relationships inside the office. Not only will this put you a little more at ease, but it also allows you to come across as a good hire in that you can work with others.
- Be patient. You’re not going to get the big tasks, responsibilities at first until you prove yourself. If you’re coming from a job where you had a high level of responsibility, there is always the chance the new employer will ease you into things. Take the time to learn and ask for added duties as time goes by, showing that your motivation is not something to be questioned.
- Steer clear of office gossip and issues. This seems like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many workers get caught up in these messy matters. Remember, your new employer hired you to be a productive employee, not the town crier. Stick to your work responsibilities and leave the gossip and drama to those who in fact may be looking for a new job sooner rather than later.
- Don’t put yourself in a position to screw up – While no employer can expect their employees to be perfect, there are certain guidelines with which you need to work under, including not goofing off at work. Whether it is personal phone calls or carrying on a hot and heavy email relationship with a loved one, the work day is not the place to do that. Just as you don’t want to do work on your personal time; your new employer doesn’t want you doing personal work on their time.
At the end of the day, you want to make it crystal clear to your new employer that they simply cannot do without your services, even in challenging economic times.
No matter what profession you have chosen, you are a salesperson when it comes to representing yourself and what you can offer as a new employee from inside the cube.
The question becomes are you up to the challenge?
Dave Thomas, who covers, among other subjects, business credit cards, writes extensively for www.business.com an online resource destination for businesses of all sizes to research, find, and compare the products and services they need to run their businesses.