HOW TO INTEGRATE INTO A NEW WORKING ENVIRONMENT?
The first days of work at your new job may be among the most memorable and perhaps most stressful days of your career.
You have gone through the entire process of job searching, resume making and application perfecting, interview sessions where you tried to impress your new employer, and all the other things you did to get the job you wanted.
Now you need to not only prove your working skills and live up to the high expectations but also learn the company policies, culture and best ways to communicate with your colleagues.
Starting a new job, you are given the great opportunity of a clean slate. You can use the knowledge from previous work experiences to contribute to the new role and establish great work relationships.
Here are a few tips that you should consider before you start a new work position:
1. Prepare an elevator speech
In a new company, you cannot avoid the necessity to introduce yourself to company members. And it is indeed the first step into leaving a good impression and awaken curiosity, respect in the workplace.
You should be prepared for the two options:
1. You will be introduced to the entire team at once.
In this case, it is important to keep your speech short and positive. You can mention what is your experience background, what makes you excited to work with the team and learn.
Example: "I am educated and experienced in graphics design and am looking forward to learning from the department I am assessed to. I am excited to improve myself within the company standards and contribute to the successful results in the near future."
2. You will introduce yourself to a single colleague or a smaller group.
In this situation, you can use the same speech you prepared for the first scenario, but you should convert it into dialogue. Ask your colleagues about their work, how long are they working there or what do they like about the job. You should still keep the dialogue positive. Don't talk or ask about things that may be too personal and negative.
In both scenarios keep the speech professional but show good personality and excitement about the opportunity you have been given.
2. Be social
Your goal in a new company should not be to make friends but create amicable relationships.
As you are going to spend a lot of time with your colleagues, learning about their interests and hobbies will help you find common interests, which will help you establish a positive common ground.
If you're invited to have lunch, social events, parties with your new boss or/and co-workers, you should never turn it down, unless you have an appropriate reason. It is important to show interest and spent time getting to know your new colleagues in a less formal environment.
3. Get to know the company policies and culture
Some policies may be in written form and handed to you as a guide. If you don't have the guide or not everything is included, you should always ask your supervisor. There are a few topics you should be informed about:
Professional Development: Do they approve or expect you to be involved in professional associations? Can you attend conferences? Is the company offering training improvements or on sight trips? Is the company covering the expenses?
Dress Code: What is considered appropriate or inappropriate attire?
Communication: What is the company's preferred communication style, formal or informal? This most often can be observed in the first days of work. Do they use emails or social media to communicate?
Time Off: Is there a formal written vacation and/or sick leave policy? Does the organization provide comp or flex time? Are you expected to take over extra working hours?
Working Remotely: Can you work from home? Is it expected that you do so after the working hours?
Lunch: Where do most people eat? When is the lunchtime and does the company cover the expense? How much time can I take for lunch? Does the team eat together?
Learning about these basic rules will help you adapt to a new environment much easier, better monitor and plan your free time and prevent any misunderstandings.
4. Pitch your ideas
You should not be afraid to present your ideas. You were hired due to your talent and experiences, and you are there to help them improve.
When you spot an issue, offer constructive criticism and new solutions. Use your experiences to your advantage, focus on the positive aspects of your idea and why you believe it would be an effective solution.
Don't be upset when your boss will not approve your idea, the important part is that you took the initiative and made a good impression.
Also, in a case where your idea was rejected, ask why to take notes and research possible solutions to the arguments. Sometimes, ideas are turned down because there are not enough resources or the timing is wrong, try to come back to them after you took into consideration the feedback.
Day Worker Team Libi B.
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