Before we start, allow me to take a moment to congratulate you on your new job. I know the amount of effort that goes behind finding a good job and receiving the appointment letter. It’s never easy. So, celebrate this moment and start preparing for the next stage – think about how you plan to settle in at your new job. Joining a new organization brings with it a lot of uncertainty – new colleagues, environment, and responsibilities, etc. Also, like anything new in life, a new job requires some patience and a planned approach to ensure that the transition is smooth. Today, I am going to share some handy tips to help you settle in at your new job.
Tip #1: Expect Changes
Over the years of being an HR Manager and a Career Coach, I have found many professionals expect their new roles to be similar to the ones that they just resigned from. They seek comfort in familiarity and try to find similarities between their new jobs and previous assignments. While this might work for a while, in the long run, this can be a counterproductive tactic since all organizations are different and so are the people working in them.
Therefore, when you join a new company, try to be open to changes in all aspects. Think about it as ending one relationship and starting another – you will never succeed in your new relationship if you try finding traces of your previous one in it.
Stay optimistic and absorb the changes with a sense of normalcy.
Tip #2: Creating a routine helps
Changing a job means breaking and recreating almost all routines pertaining to your professional life. These include changes to your travel time, route, and distance, office culture, tasks, responsibilities, etc. With so many changes happening around you, it is important to try and build a kind of routine especially for the first couple of weeks. This will help reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed and allow you to keep your head down and improve your efficiency.
Tip #3: When in Rome, do as the Romans do
Remember, you were hired because the interviewers felt that you could do justice to the role AND fit into the culture of the organization. Every office has a different culture which you may or may not like. However, it is important to find ways to openly embrace the culture of your new company as it can help you break the ice with your co-workers and help you settle in at your new job.
Tip #4: Be the Fly on the Wall for the first few weeks
In order to become an integral and important part of an organization, you first need to understand how it functions. While you are ‘doing as the Romans do’, also keep an eye open for observing how things function. Who are the problem solvers? How is your boss managing the team? Does he prefer individual inputs or team-efforts? What are the problems that you can possibly help solve in the near future? Keep your eyes and ears open! J
Tip #5: Steer clear of office gossip
As a newbie in the organization, older employees might want to fill you in about senseless office gossip. While you need to build relationships with the people in your organization, make a constant attempt to avoid any gossip-related conversations. Be polite and excuse yourself when the gossip sessions start. You wouldn’t want to look at the people in your organization with tainted glasses, would you?
Give yourself time and start your new job with confidence and positivity.
Remember: You can take up to 90 days to settle in at your new job.
At Change Ur Story, we know that a successful career is a sum product of all the little decisions we make throughout the course of our professional lives. While finding a job that can further the course of your career is already a difficult journey when you do find one you must ensure that you put your right foot forward and make the opportunity count. Through our Career Coaching programs, we help you develop a 30-60-90 day plan to help you settle in at your new job. Drop us a line and let’s make this new job opportunity count.
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