Many companies enter a hiring frenzy during the first quarter of the year; budgets and yearly goals have been set and now it’s time to get a few new hires into the department to help reach those goals. The hiring process can be just as risky and nerve-wrecking for the companies as the new hires. If you’re going to be starting in a new role soon, understand that the first three months on the job is just an extension of the interview. You have to bring your A-game every day and prove everything you sold them on in the interview. In just a year, most companies lose 25% of all new hires and up to 20% of staff turnover can occur in the first 45 days. The onboarding process is key to your success in a new position but there are things you can take control of to ensure your success at the company.
Here are six things you need to do to set yourself up for success as a new hire:
Introduce yourself. Being friendly can go a long way, especially in a faced-paced environment. Take the time to introduce yourself to people who are in your department, on your floor and any other groups you may work with. Allow people to get familiar with you fast, even in passing in the hallways. It doesn’t hurt to say ‘Good Morning’ in bathroom, elevators and in passing. Since you’re new, the best thing to do is make yourself as approachable as possible.
Make a friend. Befriend someone who’s been working in the company for a while and understands the culture. It’s nice to have someone who knows more than you around, that you can go to if you have questions. You don’t always want to have to go to your boss for every little thing and you can’t expect them to give you the rundown of ‘who’s who’ in the office.
Create clear goals and expectations. We know that 77% of new employees who underwent a formal onboarding process reached their first performance goals. When you’re being onboarded, your boss may go over his/her goals for the department, but if they don’t ask for them. Set up a meeting with your manager and get an understanding of what they expect from you and what goals they are trying to reach by bringing you on. It usually takes new hires 8-12 months to gain the same proficiency as their veteran coworkers, so you’ll need all the clarification you can get. Ask for any annual reports, analytics and past processes to get a clear view of what’s currently being done and what improvements you can make.
Be a sponge. Learn the unwritten rules of the office; take notice of the way others are dressed, how they speak and joke with each other, etc. Is there a break room? A shared fridge? Know what’s OK and what frowned upon – if you’re going to make mistakes it shouldn’t be over something as trivial as coffee.
Begin documenting your success. Even though you just started, it’s nice to have your brag list at top of your mind. The last thing you want is spend three years at a company and have nothing to show for the work you’ve done. Knowing what you’ve contributed to the company will be key for future salary negotiations and performance reviews. Women don’t get hired or promoted on potential, only your receipts will take you to the next level.
Create a personal development plan. Figure out what your personal professional goals are and set up a meeting with your manager to go over them all. Your manager should be happy to help you reach your goals and give you projects that directly relate to them. If there’s something that you’re afraid of, set your goals around that. Do you freak out when you have to make a presentation? Do numbers and budgeting scare you? Run towards them. Even if your company doesn’t make employee development a priority, the future of your career is still in your hands. Find free or cheap course that can help you reach your goals, and seek out mentorship in and outside the company.
The worst thing you can do is wow executives in your interview and disappoint on the first day by making careless mistakes. Here are somethings to remember for your first day on the job:
· Give yourself extra time for your commute – Overestimate how long it will take to get there.
· Call your manager or HR and ask if there’s any paper work you can fill out beforehand that can save you time on your first day such as taxes, health insurance, etc.
· Figure out if you should report to your department or HR for an orientation – if no one tells you, ask don’t assume.
· Dress comfortably – you could be getting thing situated at your desk, taking tours or in meetings all day. Dress so no matter, what you’re professional but comfortable.
· Remember to bring all proper forms of ID with you
· Ask if you’ll need a parking pass or get a metro card as an employee
What goals do you set for yourself in a new position?