How to Stand Out on your First Week at a New Job

There was hardly any light when you were standing at the bus stop. No one expected a chilly morning, but the weather would be anything but predictable. And the sight of maple leaves would allay your fear. You're about to report to your first day at a new job.

It's a perfectly normal feeling to experience the anxiety, as you're determined to show your new boss, as well as your new colleagues, that you're a team player who can deliver the goods. You can be a valuable asset in the company, but you don't want to put too much pressure on yourself. (You would get off bed ahead of everyone else, as you rather come very early than getting late.) The goal is to make it through the first week.

You're on job probation, and there are a few things to keep in mind. Every moment is a learning experience, and you must think of it as an opportunity. Make yourself visible at every chance, as you show everyone that you're a welcome addition to the team. Expect some moments of struggles, yet you must keep a positive mindset. All of these pointers scare you, if not stressed you out. It won't be a problem if you look for a workmate who can help you acclimate to company culture. And don't be afraid to ask that colleague's opinion on your performance.

You're about to go to the next level.

How to Overcome the Challenges

Team integration. It's not hard to show your eagerness to be part of the team. Office gossip won't be the way, though. Introduce yourself, as you make a (mental) note on your first impression on your new colleagues. (It may not be the right time to tell anyone what you like about "The Office", but you can save it for another occasion.) There's a chance that your boss would mention a company event or two. Don't pass it up, as this should be a golden chance to know more about your workmates.

How to share your skillset. You must be observant enough, such that you have a general idea of the company culture that you must adjust to it. You're keen on demonstrating your capabilities, yet not wanting to be seen as incompetent. It's different from asking for help, as you want to figure out your limitations at this early stage. You would be surprised at how your colleagues share their expertise (and experience). Don't hesitate to offer your humble assistance when your expertise is needed. And always give your hundred percent, even if the task is too easy for you.

Why establish a relationship with your manager. You should know that a manager sets the tone for the dynamics between employees, but it hardly matters if you're unaware of it. You can observe your superior's demeanor during the first few hours, a sure guarantee of learning the company culture in the quickest way. It would be a huge mistake if you don't ask about company expectations about your position (or performance) during your first week. This should enable you to create a list of long-term goals. Don't forget the short-term goals, which are achievable by the end of the week. It would be a confidence booster, making you excited about the following week. You must look forward to the weekend, a well-deserved rest awaiting you.

Happy Thoughts

You want to make a good impression, so you must avoid complaining. You should avoid office gossip, not even giving credit on a particular story on a particular colleague. It would prompt you to consider reporting it to the HR or not. A sensible employee would mind his (or her) own business (and not reporting it), but think of the possible consequences. If it turns out to be true, then this colleague can get in contact with you. Something may (or may not) happen, but don’t push the panic button. Your performance, as well as the results, would matter a lot. Get in touch with HR if it’s affecting you.

When there are real issues, which can affect productivity, then you must remember a few things. A few employees should know about it, and they are likely to belong to the management. Addressing this issue, as well as resolving it, take some time. You may be disappointed at the slow process, but you’re not being paid to make an observation on it. If this particular issue happens to be your difficulty to adjust to the workplace (or company culture) right away, then don’t make a big deal out of it. Yet. This is your first week. Your boss may have high expectations for you, but time would be your ally. It could be a short while, though.

If you’re about to experience an information overload, then you can do any of the three things. Take a short break. Take deep breaths. Take note of the office one more time. Being there is an achievement.

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