Whilst every job environment is different, there are some do’s and don’ts that will help you adapt and fit into your new organisation from the start. Read these 10 tips for new employees and make the start of your new job as easy as possible.
1. Research your environment before diving in
Sometimes you’ll be able to get a sneak peek of what to expect–for example, companies like Google (and other major corporations) are pretty transparent about their company culture. You might be able to find company videos, YouTube channels, or helpful blogs and forums to prepare you for your first day. You can also glean tips from what employees write on glassdoor.com. Knowing how relaxed (or not) a company is, what the “average worker” is like in your department, or the general dress code can help you prepare for fitting in.
2. Smile, ask questions and be interested
It might sound like advice for a first date, but these three things can go a long way. You’re going to enjoy punching the clock much more if you genuinely like the people around you. Get off on the right foot by being friendly. People like people who are curious about them. Like it or not, when it comes to fitting in, “making friends” can be just as important as doing your job well.
3. Practice saying yes
You might feel overwhelmed, but as a newbie always say yes if someone asks you for coffee, to lunch, to volunteer on a project or just about anything else. Being agreeable comes before being a pushover. You have to prove yourself before you can say no.
4. Don’t complain
In your first few weeks, you have no room for complaining. Take initiative, look into why things are done the way they are, and take everything as a learning experience. You need to master the field before you start making suggestions.
5. Respect everyone
It doesn’t matter where you are in the pecking order, or where someone else is. Treat everyone with the same high level of respect, from the entry-level employee to the CEO. You never know who could have your back or do you a favour.
6. Give 110 percent
Or 120% or 150%. The point is, as a newbie you need to work harder than anyone else. You need to prove you want to be there, you like to be there, and you’ll give it you’re all.
7. Repeat everyone’s name after being introduced
You’re overwhelmed, but forgetting someone’s name can be one of the biggest blunders you make. Make it a point to repeat everyone’s name after introductions, and address them by name whenever possible.
8. Appreciate company quirks
You might not “get” the weird birthday song yet or why Friday night happy hours are always at the same bar, but go along with it. Traditions are important, and giving them a fair shot can help you integrate.
9. The SOP is your bible
Chances are your predecessor spent a long time putting together that handbook of Standard Operator Procedures. Learn it, memorise it, and live it. It’s your cheat sheet. Why would you ignore it?
10. Offer to help
It doesn’t matter if it’s carrying files to storage or helping co-workers with a spreadsheet. If you can help in any way, do so. That’s where teamwork is born!