In all likelihood, you will have feelings of uncertainty along with the steep learning curve that comes with a new job. Just remember that this is totally normal and that most people feel this. Research has shown that nearly 25 percent of new employees quit within the first year due to unexpected challenges. If you expect to be an invaluable member of your new team, you should be prepared for unexpected challenges.
You will want to transition into your new position as smoothly as possible of course, but you also don’t want to be completely stressed out by it. Terrence Winslow, your career coach in Los Angeles, offers tips for tackling the first three months of your new job.
Ask All of the Right Questions
There is research that shows new employees perform better when they ask a lot of questions. By asking leaders and your peers for new information, you are quicker to move to where you need to be. Just remember to ask the right questions at the right time.
Think about what you want to know and ask the questions when you need that particular information, not before. There will be things you need right away, like a computer, and if there is a problem you need to ask questions as soon as possible.
If you have questions and the person you need to ask is not around, write down the question so you don’t forget.
Find a Friend
Once you have been introduced to people around the office, ask somebody you just met our to lunch or our for coffee to try to get to know them better. It might be the person you sit next to or somebody in another department, but you need to seek out a friend.
research shows us that having social ties at work make us more productive. Plus, it gives you somebody you feel comfortable who you can ask questions.
Take the Time to Navigate and Explore
Take the time to walk around your new environment and locate the restrooms, break rooms, supply closet and all of the other places you will need to know where they are at. If you have already made a friend or acquaintance, have them take you for a tour of the place.
Introduce Yourself Over and Over and Over
When you are new, you don’t want to necessarily call attention to yourself. But that is just what you need to do when you are at a new job. You want your enthusiasm to shine through and introducing yourself to anybody and everybody is one way to achieve this goal.
Learn More About the Company
You have probably already done at least some research on the company, but after you start working for them, do some more. You will get information on the company website, but you will garner more valuable information talking with others who have been with the company for a long period of time.
If you have recently changed jobs or are ready to change jobs and need some coaching, Terrence Winslow can help. Call us today.