While the majority of the burden falls on management to have developed a suitable onboarding process to ensure employee effectiveness and morale, the employee also has a responsibility themselves to settle into their new surroundings.
Here are our tips to do just that:
1. Have confidence
You have already been successful throughout the application process and been offered the job, which means the organisation thinks you are a great fit. Have confidence in your ability to carry out the role and this will show in your work.
2. Be authentic
Be your true authentic self in your new role. Try to open up about yourself when speaking to your colleagues and team members. It's important they get to know you.
3. Display a positive attitude
There are many ways to showcase your positive attitude. Volunteering for upcoming projects and being welcoming to everyone you encounter in the workplace.
4. Ask questions
Don’t worry about asking questions or asking for clarification on things. Your Manager and team will expect you to have questions as you ease into your new role.
5. Take notes when learning new material
You might think you have got a stellar memory, but it can be difficult to remember all of the new material you are taught during your orientation and training. Taking notes allows you to review challenging content in detail if necessary.
6. Seek feedback from your Manager during your first few weeks of work
Proactively ask your Manager if there are any steps you can take to improve your work performance. Your Manager will likely be impressed with your initiative and be happy to provide feedback to help you excel in your role.
7. Make a plan
It’s important to know what you want to get out of your new role. By making a plan when you start, you can work towards this throughout your time in this role and track your progress throughout.
Mentors can be a really valuable way for you to get support and advice throughout your career. Mentors tend to be senior people in your organisation that you build a relationship with who can offer you advice throughout your career. Put yourself out there to find a mentor within your new company.
9. Understand the company
Get to know the business when you first start. Understanding the company culture, Executive Board, policies, processes and values will help you get a firm understanding of the business.
Adjusting to a new role doesn't have to be an intimidating process. By following the tips above, you can put yourself on the fast track to success in your new work environment.