When it comes to your first few months in a new workplace it can be stressful trying to settle in – you want to set clear goals, prove yourself and try to get to know people both inside and outside of your own team. Below we have listed some top tips to help set yourself up for success early on:
1. Say “yes” to exciting opportunities
Even if you are not quite sure how to execute them, say yes to new opportunities that come your way. Whether it’s public speaking opportunities, networking events, professional development courses, learn to just say “yes”. Why? Well, you never know what could come from it, take the plunge and let the the adrenaline rush drive you, you might even end up surprising yourself! If you fail it’s not the end of the world, these are learning curves and learning from them will help you with decisions down the line.
2. Set achievable goals from the get-go
From the beginning try to establish clear goals for yourself to ensure you have something to work towards on a daily and monthly basis. These goals should be clearly linked to your job description and the overall goals of the company. If your new boss does not clearly set goals, such as KPI’s, then why not make achievable targets for yourself to reach? Make sure to check-in on your goals/targets, find out what is working and what is deterring you from success.
3. Branch out
Once you become familiar or friendly with your team it’s easy to become comfortable — but once you know them, it’s time to branch out and meet other people in the company! You never know, widening your circle may help down the line if you need to ask for advice or different perspectives.
4. Sit in on meetings
Within reason, ask to sit in on meetings and try to give your own insight. You will gain a clearer picture of where the company is at and where they want to be. A new perspective/approach could be exactly what they need and showing initiative is a good thing!
5. Develop good habits
Exercise has been proven to increase productivity so why not try to make time for this before or after work? Even if it isn’t your cup of tea, find an exercise or activity that suits you and your lifestyle that won’t feel like a chore and try to incorporate into your week on a regular basis. Not only can this help with productivity, it can help with your mental health so find something that is right for you.
Avoid eating your lunch at your desk! In the current working world, it is the norm. To your boss, eating in front of your computer shows commitment right? Not necessarily, you need time to socialise with your co-workers and eat mindfully so that you don’t over eat and you can get back to your desk feeling re-energised, not sluggish.
6. Seek feedback early on
After a month or two in the job, ask your boss to schedule a review meeting. This will ensure you’re on the right track to becoming successful in your new role. Ask for areas of improvement and what they feel you are doing well and use this to make goals for yourself going forward.
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