According to Michael D. Watkins, in his international bestseller, The First 90 Days, “the actions you take during your first few months in a new role will largely determine whether you succeed or fail.”
Getting settled in a new job could prove more challenging than the recruitment phase and it often takes some time for the newbie to adjust to the new life and environment. Many roles require that you hit the ground running, especially specialist and strategic roles where the previous occupant had suddenly left the organisation with little or no prior notice. Therefore, you become centre of everyone’s focus as they look forward to what special touch you bring to the table.
Here are a few tips for anyone who has suddenly assumed a new role in a new organisation:
Organisation is a key attribute any employee should exhibit in a workplace. As a new recruit, you are not exempt. In your first few weeks and months, you must demonstrate this in both your work and appearance. This means you must take time to prepare ahead of resumption and every day at work. Identify expectations and prepare yourself to meet those demands by having the right information, tasks and deliverables in view and on course for completion.
At a new job, there is a lot of expectations you need to meet, from your boss, co-workers and partners. That is why you need to prove that you are reliable to deliver on your responsibilities. This is often less about hard skills and academic qualifications, but more of a soft skill. Do not over-promise and under-deliver. Go the extra mile to get things done the right way and within agreed timelines. Communicate when you are not likely to deliver in time.
Network within and outside your team
be approachable and build relationships with members of your team as well as colleagues from other departments and business divisions, where applicable. For example, don’t have lunch alone at the cafeteria; instead, seize every opportunity to meet new people and accelerate your understanding of the organisation. This often helps you settle down faster and build social capital that could prove more useful as you grow in the organisation and work on more cross-functional projects.
Be focused on your KPIs
This is one important aspect you need to consider when in a new job. Your focus and attention will be required. Because you are still new, there is a lot to prove, so by all means eliminate distractions from the beginning. Keep track of the most important indicators of your competence and performance on the job as agreed with your manager. Your ability to focus on the job during your first few weeks and months will largely determine or influence your manager’s confidence in your ability to deliver.
Ask for help
You are new to everything going on; the work arrangement, culture, operation, etc. Try as much as possible to ask questions when you aren’t clear about certain things going on around you. There is no crime in asking a colleague or a superior for help when you feel stuck. Better to get help early than raise issues too late in the day.