Starting a new job is not easy. While it might be exciting for some people, it’s often a daunting phase for others. According to Jay Shah from JobsInGTA.com, the first few weeks at a new job are detrimental to your success. Read below for the top five things to do to make the transition to a new job a smooth and pleasant experience.
1) Be Friendly
A warm smile and a hello will open the hearts of new colleagues. You don’t have to make friends with everyone, but taking the time to greet your new coworkers and introduce yourself and learn something about them will highlight your friendly personality, initiative, and willingness to understand the culture of your new company.
2) Find a Mentor – Silently
Navigating fresh waters requires experience and knowledge of the work culture, so you need to establish a relationship with one or two colleagues who have worked for the company for a considerable amount of time. Consider those colleagues mentors without having a formal mentorship relationship. It’s important to note, however, to be careful not to get involved in office politics before you fully understand the whole picture.
3) Manage Your Time Effectively
With limited time during the work day, you need to be very savvy about time management. Do not waste time on trivial tasks and activities. Establish useful routines, tackling your most important tasks when your energy level is at its highest. For example, if you are a morning person, dedicate your morning segment of the day to your most crucial tasks and move any meetings, phone calls or email replies to the afternoon.
4) Manage Your Paperwork
Keep documents and paperwork organized. A messy desk or files could cause low efficiency, inaccuracy and mistakes. Use proper systems to file your papers, including your digital data. Organize your desk or workstation and make sure every item is in its place.
5) Understand Your Job Description
To succeed in your new job, you have to understand the expectations of your boss and colleagues. Use one-to-one meetings with your boss to ask specific questions about what is required and when you are expected to deliver your tasks. This will help you manage your time effectively and set your priorities.