Transitioning into a New Job
Change is a constant fact of life. What we consider “normal” shifts daily, through our own efforts or factors beyond our control. In order to remain relevant, we must constantly modify our view of the “normal”
This rings true for employment the most. Over a lifetime, people will find themselves shifting between jobs as they re-evaluate what they are offered, their skills and their needs.
With new positions – even those similar to positions you previously held – there is a transition period. This article hopes to guide you and make your upcoming transition a smooth one.
Old Fish New Pond
Find your groove. Talking to current workers is a time tested way of kickstarting your settling in process. These old hands will – more often than not – be intimately familiar with the environment this new role presents and may even be able to advise you on managerial habits.
If you’re working in person, take the time on your break and strike up a conversation. This takes you from the unenviable position of “unknown new hire” to the slightly better position of “unknown new friendly hire.” If you’re working remotely, get the contact details of people in your department, then work upwards from there.
It’s important you rid yourself of any assumptions you may have had, prior to landing the job. Take the time to observe the habits of employees who have thrived in this work environment, and how these habits have affected how they work.
However rather than blindly mimicking them, ensure that any habits you imbibe will affect you positively. Not all habits will be beneficial, and you must endeavour to make smart decisions which are best for your position.
Instructions Are For Winners
It’s expected that your duties would have been communicated prior to being hired, a short rundown of tasks you would complete on a regular basis. Aside from this physical list, you can also turn to your manager for enlightenment.
More often than not, you won’t be the first hire for your current position. Your manager would – ideally – have years of experience working with people in similar positions, witnessing their successes and their failures.
By reaching out to them, you tap into a wellspring of information, steering yourself away from common pitfalls and ensuring your output aligns with what they envision.
Making A Good Impression
Always aim for success in the workplace. Before beginning a task, ensure you seek a holistic understanding of expectations. This, combined with a concrete laid out plan maximizes your success rate.
Multiple successes not only endear you to the company as a valuable employee, but they reaffirm to you that you are competent. A failed task weighs heavy on your ability to perform, making you doubt yourself when future tasks are assigned, and doubt will only serve to trip you up.
Motivation is the driving force behind any employee, and without it you can find your momentum lacking when you need it the most. Push for greatness at every opportunity without allowing the fear of failure to hold you back, and your success will keep your momentum roaring along.
We hope this short article has been of some assistance to you, and wish you good luck with your experiences in the labour market going forward.