It is common to feel excited and nervous about the prospect of starting a new job. There’ll be new faces and names to learn, you may not know what to expect and you’ll need to get to grips with a new workload and boss.
Here are a few tips for making a good start in any organisation.
Considerations on starting a new role
Before you start
First things first, do you need to recharge before starting your new job? Consider taking a few days off before you need to show up all full of enthusiasm and smiles on your first day. You may need a physical and mental break.
Be sure to contact your line manager and ask them how you should prepare. Is there any material you should read or are there any forms to complete to save time on the first day? Make sure you confirm what time you need to start on day one and who you need to ask for.
Without wishing to put a downer on your first day, our advice is to take things easy. Don’t push too hard – being enthusiastic is good, being bullish is not. Smile lots and go with the flow contently.
There are some more practical considerations too. Quickly get hold of the telephone numbers for the IT Helpdesk and the HR department – you will definitely need them! Also, don’t be shy about asking where the toilets are and where you can make a cup of tea.
Your new boss
To make sure you get off on the right foot, ask your line manager how they like to be communicated with i.e. do they want you to drop by their office or do they prefer email? It’s important to ask this question early on so there are no misunderstandings at the beginning of your most important working relationship. Don’t assume that all managers like to be communicated with in the same way.
Check in regularly with your manager to start with. Seek immediate feedback to your first completed assignments so you can make any necessary adjustments for future work. This shows your manager that you are open and willing to improve. Checking in will also help you define how quickly you are expected to work.
Also, ask your boss for introductions to people in the other departments that you will probably work with in the future. You can do this under your own steam, but your manager will appreciate the courtesy of you asking.
Get to know your teammates
Having lunch with your new colleagues during your first week is a great way to get to know people in a relaxed environment. At the very least, spend a few minutes each day getting to know everyone as they will help get you assimilated. Just make sure you don’t devolve into gossip – stay positive about the company and your manager at all times.