Things You Should Do in The First Month of a New Job
Ask all the questions you need
While you may worry that bombarding your new colleagues with a barrage of questions could peeve them off, don’t be so convinced. Asking questions within your first month is necessary to gain a clear understanding of your role and so that you feel comfortable completing your tasks.
It’ll show your eagerness and willingness to learn which is what your new employer and employees will want to see.
Just remember: if in doubt, then ask.
However, keep in mind not to double up too much or ask the same repetitive questions to avoid seeming like you’re not listening or taking the job seriously enough.
And while you should ask the necessary questions about your job, take the first few weeks to also ask your colleagues some non-work-related questions too. Be human and make conversation by saying, ‘Where’s the best place for lunch?’ or ‘Do you want to grab a quick coffee with me?’ to start some friendships. You’ll find going to work a whole lot easier if you have a support system.
But, at the same time it’s important that you do what you’re tasked to complete and learn on the job without being completely distracted by the social aspect.
Soak in as much information as possible
In a new job, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed and scattered mentally. But it’s important to collect yourself and make a conscious effort to absorb the information provided to you in the first month.
Our tip: be a sponge.
What’s told to you during this period will help set yourself up to succeed in the role and company both professionally and personally. So, absorb information about your job and the business, programs you need to use, and anything else important to your role.
Embrace the induction process
While the induction process of being shown around, meeting the team, filling out forms, and getting to know the ins and outs of the business can seem intense, do your best to embrace it.
It’s more than likely someone has put time into ensuring you have a smooth onboarding process, so approach it with a positive attitude and a smile on your face, rather than letting the stress of starting at a new company take over. After all, they simply just want to see that you’re making an effort.
Set realistic goals and good habits
Depending on who you are, starting a new position can cause you to feel more pressured than usual so it’s important that when discussing your goals with your manager that you set realistic ones to avoid burning yourself out in the early days of your new job.
Now is also the time to start establishing a routine and good habits, such as outlining your day-to-day schedule and to-do lists, knowing what tasks you need to prioritise over others, allocating specific time blocks for certain tasks, and learning to minimise distractions.
Show that you care and be helpful
Help your team where you can. Providing help will show that you care about your teammates and your place in the company. Although, if you can’t help, it’ll at least show that you’re keen to support the people on your team.
And most of all, be kind to yourself
Go easy on yourself for not understanding something instantly, not meeting your goals early in the peace, and for making mistakes. It’s part of a new job, growing into it, and making it your own.
Have a question for us? If you’re a job seeker on the lookout for your next role, a hiring manager looking to fill a position, or want to know more about this topic, contact us at Humanised Group! We’re here to help you succeed.