Being a newbie at a company can be a little stressful. Employers do not always know the best ways to integrate new temp employees. Your first days on the job will set the tone for your future inside the company so might as well make sure everything goes well.
What can YOU do to facilitate your integration as a new employee?
When introduced to a new environment and new ways of doing things, it is important to take the time to observe. Each employee has their own habits and their own projects. By taking the time to truly observe, you will avoid stepping on another employee’s work and you will get a better understanding of your new work environment. As soon as you step foot in this office, take some time to study your colleagues and bosses. Is one particularly irritable? Does one get mad when someone touches their stuff? Taking the time to do so on your first days as an employee will save you tons of trouble.
Do not be afraid to ask questions when something seems unclear. The company might have documents, videos and other things you can put your hands on that will help you learn more about how things works. Be interested in every department, not just your own so that you get a global idea of the company’s structure. This will be a great way for you to feel more comfortable and secure. Take initiative, look into why things are done the way they are, and take everything as a learning experience. If you can help in any way, do so. You might even find a mentor inside your department that will gladly teach you some stuff you did not know. Be curious and open, it will definitely pay off!
As a newbie, it is important to avoid saying No. Yes, you will have more responsibilities as time goes by, so it is best to take advantages of your first days to go out to lunch with colleagues, to help with their projects, help plan out a meeting, or simply have coffee together before the day starts. This will allow you to get to know your colleagues better and to prove yourself to your superiors. Do not be so focused on what you need to do that you pass on opportunities to be more integrated in the company.
Remember you are a newbie. No matter how many years of experience you may have, keep in mind that other employees were here before you. It is important to respect their opinions, even if you think things should be done differently. Be respectful of your superiors at all times. Know your limits and boundaries. Get to know the company rules and always align with them no matter what (unless something goes against the law or your morals). Treat everyone with the same level of respect; from the cleaning staff to the boss.
REMEMBER PEOPLE’S NAME
It is hard to remember everybody’s name as a new employee but make an effort so that you remember the maximum of names as possible, as quickly as possible. Repeat names as often a you can so that you can memorise them.
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