- Get The Facts Right
Depending on the company you are working for, you can ask the supervisor or the Human Resource representative to get you up to speed with what is required of you. He/she can also help you understand better what the company is all about as well. You might also want to familiarize yourself with work hours, the number of hours you will be required to work per week, salary benefits, and everything else to help to blend with other workmates easily. Read more about navigating your new role from Charles Hunter.
- Have The Correct Outfit For The New Job
Whatever outfits you had during the interview might not be ideal for the job. The HR representative might help you with this or simply observe what other employees have. Consider getting a few different work outfits, just in case the dress code changes. This will also help ensure you don’t scramble for something to wear to work.
- Confirm The Company’s BYOC Or BYOD Policy
Some companies require employees to bring their own devices/computers (BYOD or BYOC) to work. You thus might be expected to bring/use your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, one of the reasons you should confirm with the company’s BYOD/BYOC policy. You could either call the HR representative or log on to their company website.
- Check On The Employer’s Social Media Policy
While most companies prohibit the use of social media while at work or posting on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, among other social networking platforms, some don’t mind it at all. You might, however, want to confirm this first to ensure you aren’t breaking any company rules. Some of your co-workers, or even your boss, might want to be your friend on Facebook or Twitter. Ensure the content/posts on your social handles don’t offend them in any way. You could also customize privacy settings to manage what they can or cannot see.
- Assume You Know Nothing
Don’t act like you know everything, especially when starting on a new job. Humility will help you learn the ropes much faster. Learn to listen to everything your supervisor and fellow works have to say, even when you already know what they are saying. In so doing, everyone will understand even when you make a mistake.
- Learn To Be Nice
Being nice to everyone, even those at the bottom of the pay scale will earn you respect in the long run. Although you might know this already, these people know a lot more about how the company works and how to avoid trouble. Being nice to everyone will thus help you cope much better, even in your first few days at work. Just be sure to continue being friendly to all months after your first day.
- Never Be Late For Work
The rule of thumb when starting on a new job is to arrive earlier than everyone else. Doing so allows you to familiarize yourself with the surroundings and reduces the anxiety or stress of settling in. Figure out what route to take to work, the best means of transport, how long the trip will take, and how to cushion yourself from traffic and other delays. Plan to leave the house earlier than usual, in case the worst happens.
- Learn To Ask For Help/Advice
Asking for help when stuck, and seeking advice to help you work more efficiently/better, would be a wise idea, especially if starting on a new job. Your employer, of course, doesn’t expect you to know everything on your first day. They thus won’t mind you asking questions or even help if you seem stuck. It would, therefore be wise to ask for help whenever possible.
- Ask For Feedback
Try to ask your supervisor how you fared at the end of your first day. You could also do so a few days after reporting for work. Ask him/her, to be honest with their opinion on your performance.
- Try To Build Relationships
Creating a relationship, leave alone building one, can be quite a challenge, especially when you are the newbie around. It is, however, worth noting that not everyone will be harsh or look down on you. Try to create a relationship with those that seem nice to you, especially those willing to hold your hand. Being nice to everyone will also pay in the long run.