When you first start a job, not only is it important to make a positive first impression, it's also important to prove a point. No, you're not trying stroll into the new job and act like the head honcho, but instead, you are trying to prove your worth and potential. All eyes are on you, the new hire, and it's your time to shine.
To dazzle your boss, align with colleagues and be primed for success, there are not only some quick wins to achieve in the first 30 days, but there are some definite no-nos. Listen, learn and lean in are the must-dos. Alienating, assuming and acting aloof are behaviors that will tarnish your reputation before you've even had a chance to make it to your first performance review.
Put your positive foot forward and take note of these 10 things to never say in the first 30 days of work.
Don't be afraid to ask questions — that's what your "new hire" time is for. Steer clear of this statement, and replace it with comments like "What are your thoughts about…." and "How does your team approach…" or "What do you think about when trying to tackle….".
While it maybe correct to include an important stakeholder in a meeting, saying "Isn't that Chris' job?" is a bit off-putting. It can make you sound uncooperative and may be a red flag to colleagues that perhaps you're not a team player. Remember, teamwork makes the dream work. Pitch in where you can and be a hand-raiser in the first 30 days especially.
Do, don't try. Just do! In the first 30 days, you should aim to achieve, if not exceed, expectations. Your goal should be to add value to the team and to contribute as much as you can. Instead of making excuses, try making strides. Trust us, your boss will appreciate your tenacity.
Showing distaste for the company's flexible work policies or how coworkers schedule their work will not win you any friends at the office. Sure, there has been recent discussion about the perception of unfair workloads between single, childless workers and married colleagues or those with families, however, this is not a debate that new employees need to engage in — at least not publicly. If you want a flexible work schedule, discuss that with your boss, and leave the parents on the team out of it.
As tempting as this one might be, watch out for how many times this slips out. Once or twice is fine, but you don't want your new colleagues to think that you're unable to leave the processes of your past roles in the, well, in the past. Embrace new tools, tactics, and procedures. Once you've learned the protocol, feel free to suggest tweaks or efficiencies.
While you may have regrets about your salary negotiation or compensation, focus on the future. Set aside the shoulda, coulda, wouldas and focus on the work at hand. Once performance review time comes, you can use Know Your Worth to make your case for a raise.
It's easy to get confused when you're new to the job. However, instead of sound negative, simply ask probative questions to understand what your colleague is saying. Try: "I want to understand more, can you give me the background?"
If you've made a misstep, own it. No need for excuses. Your boss and colleagues understand that onboarding can be bumpy. Simply apologize and move on. Next time, you'll do better.
No matter what, keep your cool. Even if you're contemplating jumping ship, do it gracefully.
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