The first three months of your new job will be crucial. 90 days to shape the rest of your career, to build lasting impressions on your colleagues and superiors, and most importantly, to make a difference in your workplace.
One of the main reasons that companies invest so much money in recruitment drives is the notion that new starters can look at the way an office is run, and change things for the better. A new take, a fresh perspective, a new way of thinking that can make a huge impact on the future of the business.
So, no pressure, but you’ve got a pretty high standard to live up to.
As a new starter in a new workplace, every day counts. From the time you turn up at, to the shine of your shoes, to the speed of your work. Some companies even establish a ‘probation period’ in which your every move can be scrutinised as a potential indicator of future failure, and can result in immediate termination, so it’s important to keep up that standard.
But don’t worry, we’re here to help. We’ve laid out the best ways to impress your employer in just three months, based on our own personal experiences as the newbie in the office.
The fastest way to fit in, and immediately identify yourself as a fast learner – learn everyone’s name.
In the more populated workplaces, this might seem impossible, but even learning the names of those immediately around you will make a big difference to the way you’re perceived in the working culture.
Learning names will also help you to fit in faster, as it encourages your new colleagues to, in turn, learn your name and build a relationship with you – which will really come in handy when it comes to tricky tasks and assignments.
This one is a little bit more difficult to judge. Starting in a new position means a lot of new experiences and roles to take on, and for most graduates, it might your first time working in a professional position.
But try to avoid asking too many unnecessary questions. The people around you are busy too, and a repetitive stream of emails, Slack messages and raised hands can come across as inexperienced and unprofessional.
Take some initiative, and ask the right questions at the very start – ‘if I’m struggling, who do I ask?’ ‘what is the best approach to take?’ ‘what is the chain of command in this department?’ ‘how do we fix this if there’s a problem?’.
Inquisitive, engaged questions are also a great conversation opener, even if it’s just ‘so what were you up to this morning, it looked interesting’, it shows a desire for more responsibility and further understanding of what the company does.
As women in the workplace, we have a big responsibility to prove ourselves as more than what is expected of us. Whilst office culture is typically a male dominated environment, this is no excuse for not speaking up if anything feels wrong or out-of-place and is distressing you.
Commenting on something as small as an odd seating system or as personal as a lack of feminine hygiene provisions in the bathrooms. This highlights you as a determined worker, a fair player and a voice not to be ignored. Without being confrontational, be strong and read the room – your boss will be forced to listen.
Everyone struggles on their first day, so we can perhaps hold back there. But those first three months can make or break your career, so put the time in, and you’ll reap the rewards at the end of that first glowing paycheque.