Congratulations, you get a new job! The hardest part of the job is complete, right? Not really. The first few weeks at the new company are crucial – they can determine if your future will be heaven or hell. We are not talking just about learning the technical aspects of the new job, but also how is behaving in the new working environment, which is just as important – if not more important than learning the technical aspects.
Therefore, when you start to work in a new company, avoid the following 7 mistakes:
Ignoring corporate culture
According to the research, 4 of 10 HR managers emphasized that the biggest challenge for new recruits is accepting corporate culture. How much should to socialize? Do colleagues prefer phone calls, email communication before communicating face to face? What shoes to choose from? Many aspects of corporate culture can be subtle and easy to miss. Therefore, observe. Come 20 minutes early and stay a little later just to observe how people behave – when they go out to coffee, when they go out to lunch, how they ended the workday etc.
Companies are able to “set” new employees, treating them as saviors. As a result, new employees often know to insist to do things by them, because they supposedly know best. So don’t rush, instead, listen and learn. Observe and give yourself time to understand how the new company is operating before you make a decision on how to behave.
The opposite of arrogance is shyness, which may act as avoiding the working tasks. Don’t withdraw from yourself because of shyness; instead, build relationships from the first day. Take little time to get to know and socialize with your colleagues, and try through normal conversations to learn what others are doing and how it will reflect on you.
Not clarified expectations
When do not know what is expected of you, it is difficult to achieve something. Therefore, meet your manager and discuss the responsibilities of your position, and the way of how will be measured your success. What are your priorities? How to report the progress of the project? How will your work be assessed?
Refusal to admit your mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes and newly employed make the most. But don’t think that if you do not admit mistakes, no one takes notice. Instead, take responsibility, learn from the mistake, correct it and move forward.
You do not have to wait six months or a year to understand how you go. In fact, the long wait can lead you, your team, and the company as a whole in the wrong direction. Instead, ask your supervisor for a short meeting after the first month, and discuss what you did right and where you can improve your performance.
Starting a new job is never easy. If you are aware that you are prone to some of these mistakes, stop and turn that awareness into a virtue – before it’s too late for that.