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Tackling The First Few Months of a New Job

Starting a new job can be tough. You are still trying to figure out new responsibilities and also trying to navigate office policies and politics as best as you can. It is also tough because you are meeting new colleagues and determining the level of trust among them.

You could potentially hold as many as 20 positions over the course of your working life. So changing jobs is something you will have to get used to. In fact, transitioning to a new working environment will most likely occur in the near future. So it pays to stay on track during this process.

Here are a few tips on how to best tackle the first few months of a new job.

Ask Questions

As a newcomer, you are expected to bring a new perspective and fresh thoughts to the company. There are still people who only do certain things because that is how it has always been done. If you see a problem, don’t be afraid to offer a solution.

You have learned a lot over the years, use that to your advantage. Figure out ways to make your position more efficient and how to serve your customers and clients more effectively.

Learn Office Policies

There will be a written form or manual that will be given to you when you are hired that explains office policies. But, the chances are very high that this won’t cover everything. There will be things that others know because they have worked there for a long time.

In the beginning, you will want to abide strictly by their rules. If they give you an hour for lunch, take only an hour for lunch, even if colleagues commonly take longer lunches.

The same holds true for the way you dress. You might see others come to work in jeans and an untucked shirt, but if the manual says you can’t wear jeans except on Fridays, that is what you need to do.

Figure Out Best Ways To Communicate

There are some supervisors who prefer you email them and there are others who hate that. There are supervisors who like to meet with their people every day and those who prefer weekly meetings.

You are not a mind reader so you need to ask people how they prefer their communication. You don’t want to wing it and step into your supervisor’s office to talk when he prefers an email instead.

Go Out To Lunch A Lot

You are going to spend a lot of time with your new colleagues, so you need to get to know them better. Don’t do this on the company’s time. It is best if you take colleagues out to lunch to get to know them better.

Learning about your colleagues’ backgrounds and interests will help you feel more at ease around them and more comfortable in your new environment.

It is also important to note that transitions like this take time. You aren’t going to start a new position and immediately feel comfortable and at ease.

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