Joining a new company can be both an exciting and overwhelming experience. In light of this, we spoke to Caroline Roshini, Senior HR Manager, KredX about the 5 key factors to keep in mind in your new job. Here’s an in-depth article co-authored by Caroline Roshini & the KredX Editorial team.
So, it’s the first day of your brand new job and you are excitedly pacing towards the threshold of your new office, and all that you are probably focusing on is the ambience in your office, and wondering how cordial your team and your peers would be, how fancy your office cabin would be and most importantly how to impress your boss with your expertise and prowess. But there are many factors that require you to pay heed to, as mentioned below.
1. Know The Task Masters
It is important to know who will be your “go-to” person as you alone, in most cases, will not be able to finish a project without some help. It is also essential to make a list of all the people that manage different teams and projects and most importantly the key employees who are the talents in different teams. This list will always help you to finish your tasks with ease and bring the assignment or project to fruition.
Always remember that exchanging and transferring of any information either verbally, or written formally or informally speaks volumes about the person. Understand the pulse of the organisation in terms of communication. It is critical to understand if the hierarchy is comfortable communicating formally or are open to informal communication. Today, many companies have adapted to informal, open communications and ideas as it is less rusty and convenient. Also, aim at understanding the format of meetings and presentations to know how formal the communication is. Additionally, it is also key to observe the senior management in terms of how comfortable they are with informal presentations and communications to avoid being out of place. Keep in mind the phrase, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”.
3. “Switch” Flexibility
It is critical to understand how the hierarchy or the management reacts to “Switch”, which is nothing but being adaptable to change. There are often many organisations which operate in a monotonous fashion and may not be receptive to change. However, in recent times, “Change is the new constant”. It is advisable to not be too aggressive with new ideas in your initial days in the organisation as that may not fit in well with the company veterans. Always try and throw in your ideas with a trusted group of peers to learn the reactions and feedback before you disclose the big idea in a meeting with senior folks.
It is extremely crucial to be a people’s person irrespective of you being a social person or not. A corporate environment is a collaborative atmosphere of different individuals with different personalities. You will be expected to interact with employees from different departments so as to help you with your job. It is of paramount importance that you have a cordial relationship with key players, team mates, and your subordinates in the organisation. Workplace conflicts are very natural and will present itself on a grand platter when you least expect it, but dealing with these trivial issues and setting your eyes on the organisation’s goal is the key. It is important to not lose focus on the prize, so, pave your way forward by leaving trivial issues and grudges behind for your benefit. Trust me, in the long run, none of these issues matter.
5. Synergy or One-Man Army
Some organisations categorise your roles and responsibilities to being an individual contributor and some organisations believe in goals achieved collectively as a team. However, in the case of the latter, it is a little challenging to outshine, but also mind that the efforts are not negated. In the case of you being an individual contributor will give a great opportunity for being transparent in your achievement against your goals and will provide more scope to showcase your accomplishments. But in my personal opinion, an employee should always be put to task in a team arrangement as well in order to test performance and team work and to gauge if the employer is truly a team player. Never showcase your work in any forum with you being in the spotlight alone. This would generally give an impression to your team that you may not be a team player and that you may be hogging all the limelight.
Always remember to share credits with the rest of your peers as you will not be able to achieve anything alone when you are given a task as a team. Also, be mindful of appreciating another peer or counter team mate for his / her efforts. Remember to “Live and let live” as this would wrap you and your teammates in a cordial and an atmosphere with strong backing support.