Starting a New Job


Like the first day of school all over again! What kind of impression do you want to make to mark the start of your new job?

Bravo and bienvenue! Well done and welcome to a brand new day of new beginnings with your new employer! You did it and now you are on the starting line of your new job with a perfect opportunity to get it right from the word GO.

No doubt you earned your right to arrive there with some thought and effort.

So, savour the moment with kudos to you and congratulate yourself for getting there. You are nicely warmed-up and ready to rev-up up your efforts where they matter most: in your on-the-job value. It is now show time to demonstrate your personal authority in how you conduct yourself and perform in your new role which will be witnessed and on display everyday going forward.

Your gift is a clear canvas to exemplify your worth to your new employer through your actions. Actions speak volumes. It is likely that the majority of the people there know little or nothing about you so this is the green light to go ahead and be the best employee that you can be. Bring all of your previous learning and experiences with you. You have carte blanche to show your employer that you are indeed the right person for the job. Illustrating competence and correct conduct while learning and developing the right habits early will serve you best now and always in your career.

Ask yourself how you can impress positively upon the people in your workplace to set you on the right path now?

It is a distinct possibility that you may be immersed in information overload at first. This is the time to take it all in and trust in yourself and the learning curve as you discover your way. Listen. Listen. Listen. Absorb in abundance and actively learn through your participation in the process and procedure. The success factor is in the choices that you make and the commitment level you offer. Choose to demonstrate a strong work ethic and strength of character through your actions and choices to not participate in office negativity or group think. The power of your free will and personal authority to choose what you will and won’t participate in will prove your worth to both your boss and your co-workers. Credibility is bred through behaviour.

Initially, you owe it to yourself to understand what is expected of you in your role to begin making a positive and lasting impression. Expectations are preliminary and part of the hiring process to first get the job and of the utmost importance once hired. Certainty of role understanding and expectations is a continuous duty. If the expectations have been spelled out for you, fantastic, let the fun begin. If not, the onus is on you to act in favour of your own interests and seek understanding of your expectations. It is important to listen and take in information like a sponge absorbing as much as possible while understanding that more information will be revealed in the process of doing the job.

You’ll be exposed to a great deal in your first few days, so take the time to listen and learn. Show your commitment by demonstrating a strong work ethic and by avoiding negative things such as office gossip. It’s important you understand what’s expected of you early on if you want to start and continue making a great impression on your employer.

Next, we take you through 5 actions and provide you with a number of resources to help you transition into your new job with ease and confidence to create the right conditions for your success.

Navigate your first day with knowledge:

Felicitations! This is where all of the heavy lifting begins with loads of real effort to get it right! Be sure to consult your own personal checklist of what it is you need to get to work. Did you know that being on-time means arriving to your place of work approximately 10 minutes early? Timely arrival is the first signal and it sets the tone for the remainder of the day. It is realistic to expect to meet many new people so expose yourself and your smile. Engage with your new colleagues. Begin with a warm, sincere greeting that is open and friendly. As you approach every single person during this critical ‘meet and greet’ time, think about the statement that you want to make about yourself more than about identifying the precise people you wish to impress. Foster harmonious relations with everybody as you never know who may become your best ally, collaborator, or even friend. Positive relationships always trump negative relations so choose friend over foe any chance you can. Chances are the opportunities that you take and create for yourself.

Start all systems go by building rapport with everybody. You can build rapport easily by catching a common wave and remembering that we are all more alike than unlike.

The truth is that you just never know who or how you might have to work with any of the people that you meet. Be intentional about being personable to disarm people and put them at ease. The intention to get along and get to know people from the outset will go a long way. People will be more helpful and responsive if you are polite and respectful. Consistency is key to establish credibility and perception is everything so act accordingly to give your leaders and co-workers the chance to get to know your character and abilities. Being both engaged in your work and engaging with your colleagues will send the message that you are interested and that you care. Establishing positive rapport and communication habits early on will help you effectively interact with your colleagues and communicate your ideas and needs in the future.

Shhhh…Look, Listen, and learn

As tempting as it is to talk, try to listen! Learn to listen if you want to understand and communicate effectively. Chances are some of your new colleagues will do some tremendous talking during your on-boarding. Listening requires more than hearing. Open you ears and really listen to what they are saying and what they are not saying. Look for meaning and messages behind the words from the mouths of others. You will learn about your new work, workplace, and colleagues. It has been said that we should never make assumptions but it is better to assume the best in others. Providing that all communication is not driven by gossip, a new employee can really get a grip on company insights while identifying the right players with whom to collaborate and co-create success. By putting communication at the core of your attention, you will best position yourself to ask pertinent and relevant questions. Let your intelligence shine with laser listening skills.

Illustrate how industrious you are?Demonstrate a Strong Work Ethic

Developing a strong work ethic early in your career makes for time well spent throughout your entire career. It will translate into better productivity for the benefit of your employer and optimal performance leading to your own sense of pride, achievement, and job satisfaction. When faced with unpleasant results and circumstance, it is always positive to face frustrations with the knowledge that you have done your best. Some obvious ways to develop strengths in your work ethic include being steady on punctuality and preparedness. Productivity starts by being punctual and prepared. Showing up for work 10 -15 minutes early will set you up with a strong start to your day allowing you to settle in with readiness to tackle the day. Take appropriate breaks that work for you to optimize your energy and endurance. Be conscious about how you spend your valuable time and the company that you keep. Don’t check out for the day right at the stroke of closing time. Be on time for meetings and prepare in advance by reading any documentation provided or prepare your own written notes for discussion. Meet or beat project deadlines that come your way and manage all expectations appropriately. Keep the quality of your work consistent and keep your confidence up by being competent. With all of the workplace variables around you, the absolute is that you can control what you think, what you do, and what you say. Establish the reputation of having a strong work ethic, keep your commitments by making your word count, and enjoy the rewards that you have rightly earned and deserve.

Shun Water Cooler Waste Talk

AVOID GOSSIP. Why do people gossip? The reasons are countless and unique to the minds of the masses. The power behind all words is in the intention. The truth is that nobody knows why people do and say the things they do so it is best to not get caught up in the stories. What may be one person’s perception may only be frustration- not fact.

It is rare to find a workplace void of words wasted in gossip. Most recognize that it is wrong to participate yet get seduced all the same. In a new job, it may be especially tempting to engage in workplace gossip at the water cooler to ‘fit in’ and get to know people and the scoop. Ask yourself what kind of reputation you want to have. Do you really want to be known as a water cooler wind bag? Listening is so important that even when you simply keep an ear on the gossip, you actually participate in it. Best to not utter a word or offer your ear when it comes to gossip. Gossip may be entertaining but beware that it may be false and perhaps give power to the problem by spreading the word. Opting to give power to your choice to not participate will say more about your integrity. Gossip can create group think where the ideas of one can become the thoughts of many but in a negative way. Remember, whomever gossips to you will likely gossip about you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Expect greatness in yourself by knowing what is expected of you

Work with your manager to establish clear objectives. Things change and should your targets move, find out how you may take aim in a new way. Invite feedback and take the good with the bad. Critically evaluate the feedback you receive. Seek the truth to make things right. What does success look like for your job? How will success be measured? How will you know when you are successful? Be your own best feedback loop. Chart your achievements and check in with yourself to track you own successes before you check in with your boss to review your progress. Create regular checkpoints. Schedule both formal and inform discussions to track and assess your performance. Inquire within and ask people questions to develop your organizational savvy and better understand how things happen. Get intimately acquainted with how things get done and familiarize yourself with company priorities. Learn how you fit into the equation of getting the results at work and understand how your work fits into the big organizational picture. Be patient and kind with yourself. It takes time to make an impact and influence change, but if you can clearly define and measure your successes, you’re well on your way.