The first time at a new job: how to fit into the team
Getting used to a new environment, new internal rules is always difficult. Coming to a new job, many people are stressed out not so much from fear that they will not cope with their responsibilities, but from the anxiety of how they will be perceived by colleagues. How to behave in a new place to quickly get used to the work tasks, to make a good impression and make sure that you immediately begin to be taken seriously?
Traditionally, a new employee is introduced to colleagues by his manager. It is good if the company is small, or if there are regular general meetings. Then you will get to know the people around you quicker. If you join a corporation, however, be prepared to get to know your colleagues over the next few weeks, not only through your manager, but also through the tasks he or she performs.
On the first day, the most important thing is to be introduced to those with whom you will have to communicate most often and work closely together. Try to remember them. Better yet, write down briefly what their names are and who is responsible for what. If you are not introduced, do not hesitate to come up and get acquainted yourself. The sooner you do this, the easier it will be to interact further.
If you forget someone’s name, ask again. It’s perfectly normal to forget someone if you’ve been introduced to twenty people in a few hours.
If it is customary in the company to communicate in general work chat or in a social networking group, make sure you are added there (sometimes managers forget this in the heat of the moment). Better yet, ask about it yourself right away.
Ask to see the documents that regulate the work of the department or specifically your job functions, if there are any. Of course, you should be acquainted with everything that will be necessary for work, and if the organization has a good corporate culture, you should be assigned a supervisor from your colleagues, so he could introduce you into the process and support you in everything at first. But in the hustle and bustle, formalities can be forgotten, and if all the colleagues are on fire at this point, the newcomer has to figure it all out on his own. In this case, it is important to be proactive – your success on probation depends on it.
Ask your colleagues if there is a canteen or kitchen in the office and where else they eat lunch. It’s best to go to lunch with them on your first day, even if you usually prefer to eat lunch alone. Lunch together is a great excuse to get to know them more informally. You can start by talking about neutral topics – who lives where, how long it takes to get to work, what other places are nearby for lunch.
Your main task for the first week with your colleagues is to remember everyone, to understand who is who and how you interact with them. Colleagues need to remember you, too, and understand what issues they can approach you about.
At this stage you should not flaunt your talents, even if you already see that you are more experienced in some respects than your new colleagues. At first, be more of an observer and give your opinion within reason, especially if no one has asked for it. It is much more important to prove that you are interested in the work tasks, that you are not slacking off, but that you are going into the processes in detail and learning new things – these are the most important signs of a true professional in any position.
Ask questions. The main rule of communication for the first week is: “If you don’t know, ask. Ask about everything that causes you the slightest doubt. Even if you think they are stupid questions, remember, you have an indulgence – you’re new here! It’s better to figure out how to do it right than to do it at random. Everyone around here is well aware that you’re a new employee and even expects you to ask these questions.
If you’ve come to work in a new field for you and don’t understand the process yet, ask a colleague to explain it to you step by step. This does not necessarily have to be your supervisor or someone senior to you. It may be more useful to talk to your subordinates or your peers. Gradually you will figure out how everything happens, how much it costs, how much time it takes to implement. If you are a manager, such conversations will help you optimize the processes you run. The fact that you are a novice may even be a plus: you may be more aware of weaknesses on the outside than on the inside, when people are used to everything and it seems to them that everything is going as it should.
At meetings do not hesitate to take notes on the most important things. At first there will be a lot of information that others around you can understand at a glance, but for you it’s a dark forest. This is normal: you are new here, you have yet to penetrate into many nuances, to understand the internal processes. This is especially true for large companies with a complex structure. If something is unclear, but you do not want to interrupt the general discussion with your questions, mark these points for yourself and ask your colleagues to bring you up to speed after the meeting.
There will always be someone in the new circle who will sympathize with you from the first days and agree to take the time to give hints. If you do not know who to ask for help, ask who on your team was the previous “newbie” before you – this colleague still has fresh memories of how difficult it was to get used to the new environment, he is best able to understand your feelings and is likely not to brush off if you ask for help. To avoid distracting your colleague from work, it’s easiest to ask him or her to keep you company at lunch and ask the questions you’ve accumulated in an informal setting.
Seek feedback. Asking your supervisor to comment on your work every day is not an intrusive thing to do. Come back after the first week (you can write a letter). Next time ask for “feedback” after the first month, and then after three months. It is good when the company organizes such meetings with each employee anyway, for example at the end of the probationary period. This is usually handled by the HR department. At such meetings they discuss your impressions of the work, give you an objective assessment and outline possible ways of development and goals for the near term. But even if such meetings do not take place, ask your manager to meet with you. An adequate boss will never brush off a newcomer and find time for him.
The First Month
Observe your colleagues. Observe how they behave, how they solve work tasks, what is accepted in the team and what is not.
Sort out responsibilities and segregate them. Don’t do tasks that should be done by others. There are teams where employees try to pass their work off to a newcomer. Learn to say a firm no if you are sure that it is not your function. And, conversely, clarify with a direct question, whose task it is, if there are doubts. In long-established teams everyone is used to who is responsible for what, and the boss can put the task “into the void”, knowing that it will be picked up by the right person. If it turns out that in this particular case, this person should have been you, because such tasks have always dealt with your predecessor, but you have not been made aware of it, of course, your fault in this will not be. But a conflict situation is ensured.
Second and third months
It’s usually not until the end of the probationary period that you realize who’s who in the office. For the entire first three months, you’re the new guy. This also works in the opposite direction: the colleagues look at you and gradually understand what kind of employee you are, whether you can be trusted with the tasks and rely on you. Usually only after three months (and sometimes after six months) you start to be taken seriously, especially if you are a young professional.
Remember that people around you can’t read minds and don’t understand you from half a word. While you are not on the same wave with your colleagues, try to convey your thoughts as carefully and calmly as possible. Jokes, by the way, do not always help defuse the situation, a sense of humor – a subjective thing. First it’s better to make sure what kind of humor are used to in this team.
The effect of a false consensus
This is one of the biggest mistakes that can happen to a newcomer to the team. The human brain tends to project its way of thinking onto those around it. We automatically assume that those around us think the same way we do, even though it may not be so at all. This is why misunderstandings arise when communicating information, both verbally and in writing.
When communicating with colleagues in a new team, explain the context of your messages. “Synchronize your clocks” to make sure you’re talking about exactly the same thing. Everyone has their own quality standards, work tools, and habits. Carrying over to a new team the standard you were used to in your old place and explaining it with the phrase, “And we had it like this…” – is the same as to go with their own rules in someone else’s monastery. And the concept of “us” for you is now here, not in the old place, although the realization of this does not appear immediately.
Remember that your colleagues may think very differently. For example, you think that after each meeting, the manager who held it should write a short summary letter to all those who participated in the meeting. But no one at the company has ever done this before. To avoid misunderstandings, discuss with your colleagues the usefulness of such letters.
And most importantly. You came to this company to work, not to make new friends and charm others. Your supervisor will be the first to judge your performance. Be friendly, but don’t try to please everyone. Take an interest in what’s going on, but don’t overstep personal boundaries. This is the best way to get used to any team.
How to make a good impression without crossing personal boundaries
Act naturally. Don’t try to appear to be something you’re not.
Be polite. Observe the rituals established in the team. If you see a colleague collecting a gift for someone in the department, offer to participate. Don’t immediately come up with revolutionary ideas. This is not welcome in any established team.
Less emotion. Try to think rationally rather than emotionally at work. Did something happen? Turn off your emotional reactions and think about how to solve the problem.
Stay neutral. Chances are, after a while you’ll find friends and allies here. As well as opponents. All in good time, but at first keep a neutral stance. It is possible that there are ongoing conflicts and other difficult relationships in the team that you don’t know about yet, and there are intriguers of their own who may try to drag you into this, completely unnecessary for you, story right away.
Talking to your colleagues, do not ask them about their personal lives. About his own, too, do not tell in detail. Do not participate in office intrigues and do not be interested in gossip. Rather offer to discuss plans for the weekend or a new movie at the movies.
Take care of your resume.
Starting a new job is an excuse to update your resume on hh.ru to include the start of your new job. It may be worthwhile to change the visibility of your resume. If your resume is open to all employers, your new job colleagues may see it and think you’re not going to stay with them and are looking again.
There are several ways not to leave your resume open to everyone and at the same time not to deprive yourself of even more interesting offers (in case they come up):
- Hide your resume from certain companies. To do this, you need to form your own stop-list in a special window. Other employers looking for candidates using hh.ru database will still see your resume.
- Set the “Visible to selected companies” mode. Great if you have a dream company or several dream companies, and you are always willing to consider offers from them. Your resume will be visible only to those companies you select in a special window. The others will not see it.
- Make your resume anonymous, i.e. hide your full name and contacts that could be used by those who know you, and even places of work.
- Configure the visibility of the resume only through a direct link. Then no one will find it in the database, but the person to whom you send a link to it will open it. If you send a link to a job posting on hh.ru, the employer who received the link will also see the resume.
To adjust the visibility of your resume, go to your resume and click “Change visibility”.
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For those just starting a new job: 14 tips
Life ecology. Lifehack: What you need to do to settle in faster and with dignity survive your probationary period. This month.
This month, thousands of people will find themselves in a new job, where at first they’ll have to go through the excitement of proving they’re worthy of their place.
“The first three months in a new job are an extension of the interview process. You have to prove yourself from day one,” states Amanda Augustine, employment consultant at TopResume.
We’ve put together her tips for you on what you need to do in your new job in the first week to succeed.
1. actively get to know your coworkers
Don’t be shy to be the first to make introductions. Say hello to everyone in the elevator, the cafeteria, and even the restroom. It will pay off in the long run.
Augustine advises, “Start with your environment: those who work directly with you.”
Your adjustment to your new team is in their best interest, because your work is directly related to what they do.
2. Ask lots of questions.
In the first week, soak up as much information as you can. If you’re going to make a big change, you first need to understand how things work here and earn the trust of the team.
3) Be humble.
Nobody likes a know-it-all, and even if you think you’re the best worker in the world, you probably don’t know everything. When a new colleague or boss offers you help or advice, accept it.
Never answer that your previous company did things differently. People don’t like that terribly.
Even if you really don’t need help, demonstrate a willingness to listen to someone else’s advice – this will boost your colleagues’ self-esteem (and perhaps temper their fears about you). Also, it may come in handy in the future when help is really needed.
4. Make friends with an experienced colleague
Find out who has been with the company for a long time and is an authority on the team. An experienced employee who knows how things work here can help bring you up to speed.
“Every company has its own communication style and jokes for its own people. Find someone who can help you understand the cutbacks and team relationships accepted here,” Augustine advises.
Also, you need someone you can ask about the little things – you can’t go to your boss and ask him where the printer paper is.
5. Understand what your subordinates and superiors expect from you
“Talk to your supervisor. During the first meeting, try to understand exactly what is expected of you in the first week, month and quarter at the new place,” Augustine advises.
At the same time, if you are a manager yourself, it’s important to make it clear to your subordinates what you expect of them. Don’t forget that your behavior and communication style in the first week will set the tone for the entire job.
6. Try to understand the relationships within the team.
Pay attention to the small features of your colleagues’ behavior. It’s likely that one of them has been targeting your position, so be vigilant.
Try to make friends with your co-workers and use their best qualities for the common good to avoid conflict in team building.
7. Find out where the coffee lies
Knowing where the coffee is stored and how the coffee machine is turned on is always important for a successful operation. You also need to understand the unwritten rules of office etiquette, the violation of which can lead to a real explosion in the team. Who washes the cups? On which shelves are shared cookies kept?
8. Find out where to buy takeout.
Explore your neighborhood and find out where you can buy a sandwich, have a cup of coffee with someone you know, or eat a delicious business lunch.
You should also be aware of where you can buy a band-aid or medicine if needed.
9. Invite different people to lunch
Friendships with coworkers will do you more good than you might think. And the earlier you start making friendships, the better.
Try to expand your social circle, and invite different people to keep you company over lunch or a cup of coffee. New acquaintances will show you the best places in the area, which is also a big plus.
Plus, if you leave the office for lunch the first week, you’ll get in the habit of setting aside personal time as you go about your work day. Discard the very idea of dull eating lunch in the workplace.
10. Be organized and disciplined
The first week you will receive a lot of new information, and if you are diligent from the beginning, it will be much easier to get into the process. The first weeks of working in a new place are a great time to overcome your disorganization.
11. Show your strengths
“Challenge yourself to demonstrate the strengths you talked about in your hiring interview,” Augustine advises.
If you said you’re a great SMM guy or excellent with data, start working on social media or doing advanced analytics immediately.
And record all of your accomplishments. Write down everything you managed to do, all those cases where you managed to make a great contribution to the common cause, and when your work was appreciated by the boss. It is better to make such a habit at once: then this information will help you in evaluating the effectiveness of your work and negotiating salary raises.
12 Be as visible as possible.
Attend all available meetings and don’t be shy about voicing your opinion. This will not only make you aware of who and what carries weight in your company, but others will become accustomed to your presence. Show that you are an expert in your field, and colleagues will know who to turn to for help in the future.
13. Use social media to solidify your position in your new position
As soon as you are officially hired, immediately update the appropriate boxes on your social media accounts and sign up for updates from your new company and colleagues. Strengthen relationships with new acquaintances by adding them as friends on Twitter and LinkedIn
14. Email former colleagues.
Oddly enough, the first week at a new company is the perfect time to connect with people from your previous jobs.
“Write to your former colleagues and ask them to give you recommendations for LinkedIn. But it’s still best to gather feedback when you’re not yet looking for a new job,” Augustine advises. published by econet.co.uk