6 Winning First Day New Job Tips

May 31, 2022 Nancy Fredericks Season 2 Episode 38
6 Winning First Day New Job Tips
Show Notes Transcript

Mastering career shifts is essential for those interested in attaining fulfillment satisfaction, and it isn't easy—nor is it an innate skill. Here's "the why" you'll want to learn more.... a Harris Poll reveals that 1 in 5 employees regret leaving their job, only 26 percent like their new job enough to stay, and 1 in 3 are already looking for a new job. Pertinent, practical, and easy to implement tips.

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Speaker 1 (00:05):

Most executives change jobs several times in their career journey. And statistics reveal "1 in 5, employees are searching for another position right now," but data emerging out of the Great Resignation are even more worrisome. "1 in 5 employees, regret leaving their job, only 26% like their new job enough to stay, and one in three are already looking for a new job." If this represents you today, or if you're thinking about looking for a new job in the future, stay tuned.

Speaker 1 (00:46):

I'm conveying practical tips for your new job to turn into a winning career decision for you. Welcome to ThriveWithNancy. I'm so happy you joined us. This podcast is dedicated to executive women who want more from their careers, but not at the cost of twisting into knots. We all know that changing jobs brings excitement and hope along with a whole bunch of confusion and uncertainty.

Speaker 1 (01:19):

I'll be offering six practical and easy-to-implement tips to dynamically solidify your career as you move into a new position. But before going there, let's look at several positive aspects that occur immediately.

New Speaker (01:35):

When you move into another job, your new boss believes you're qualified for the job and will be a success. That's why you were hired. You have a halo around your head. So, relax a little. Also, as a new employee, you're given a grace period to learn and adjust to the new organization. Again, relax. If you're sharing this first-day experience with someone else, lucky, lucky, lucky you. Why? Well, evidence indicates that management's expectations lessen when others start at the same time as you. Now that you're feeling a bit more relaxed or at least I hope you are, are you ready to expand how you are perceived to improve your long-term chances of success with your new company through 6 Winning First Day, Nw Job tips?

Speaker 1 (02:33):

One, it may be shallow, but get over yourself. Your managers and peers need to see that you are part of the team and will be a problem solver in their organization. Establish positive perception as soon as possible as initial impressions create what psychologists call "selective perception." No surprise people see what they want to see and hear what they want to hear to confirm what they already believe to be true. And you want them to be chatting with everyone about what a stellar addition you are to the organization. No kidding!

Speaker 1 (03:16):

Two, It's all in the eye of the beholder. The first impression people have is appearance. I know it sounds pretentious, but it isn't. What works in one culture may not in another. During the interview, note your potential coworkers attire. Are they conservative, casual, professional or flamboyant, or something else in between? Is your style in sync or do you require an adjustment that is in integrity with you and your style?

Speaker 1 (03:49):

A recent survey indicates that employees within a profession often think speak, look and act the same. Furthermore, members in a field recognize one another. You aren't viewed as an influential part of the team unless they determine you are one of them. Even with all the training on diversity, there remains a basic level of acceptability and attire counts. Don't forget that lasting impressions occur within the first five seconds of meeting someone. You know, as well as I do, immediate impressions are crucial, particularly during your first few days at work. This period is when you lay down the cornerstone that sustains your career footing.

New Speaker (04:42):

Three, mark, your territory. Organize your desk or office immediately by coming in earlier, staying late. This strategy offers you a twofold advantage. First, most people are favorably impressed when you coordinate an efficient work environment for yourself, especially hear, this, especially when you don't do it during work hours. Is there anything more annoying than watching someone fiddle with their desk to get it to perfection on office hours?

Speaker 1 (05:17):

Second, you're creating a power base for yourself. You will feel more secure and in control when you stamped the terrain as your own. But please, if you're on track to be a leader, don't go wild--no more than three personal pictures or knickknacks.

New Speaker (05:35):

If you think this is too nitpicky, hang on to your hat with this statistic. Orderliness often is a key to professional growth. A survey indicated that 50 out of 52 executives, when asked, stated they would not promote a person with a messy desk or office--even, even if that person is doing well on the job. They felt an executive who could not get organized with their own desk or office might not be trustworthy at handling larger areas of responsibility.

New Speaker (06:12):

Three people skills, how you interact with your peers, influences management's perception of you. Take the initiative by introducing yourself to everyone. Circulate during your lunch hour and office breaks. Make sure not to attach yourself to any one group. You want to be friendly with everyone yet never a member of any particular clique, especially if there are political war camps in the organization. Leaders don't analyze rights or wrongs. They merely ascertain problems. And psychologists report that the single most critical failure resulting in job dismissal is the inability to get along with others. Straighten out any ill feelings developing between you and a coworker or better yet don't let them arise in the first place.

New Speaker (07:08):

Five, ask questions. Many companies designate a mentor or buddy to ease new employees into their culture. However, if your company doesn't have such a person it's appropriate to ask your boss on your first day, who should I go to when I have questions about procedures and company policies, you or someone else? A common cause of poor job performance is an employee's fear of requesting clarification too often.

Speaker 1 (07:37):

There is no such thing as a stupid question. Your boss wants you to become a productive member of the company as soon as possible. So question, question, and question. Then, listen and read about your company and industry. Your goal is to grasp the total picture. Employees who only know the responsibility of their position, but nothing else won't go very far. So, keep your eyes open for someone outside of your immediate reporting structure to connect with enables a broader perspective regarding the whole organization. This overview offers you a leadership perspective way before you need to demonstrate that level of knowledge. Not to mention you gain respect throughout the organization, as you recognize the knowledge of others.

New Speaker (08:35):

Six bad mouthing, even when it's true will hold you back. Don't speak negatively about your previous employer. Not only could you be burning bridges at your old company, but you very well may start a negative ripple effect at your new one. Allegiance and discretion, and being a team player are valued attributes. Reflect them in all your dealings. And for goodness's sake. don't compare. Your old company may have a process far superior to your new organization. Now isn't the time to highlight that, I promise. Rarely does anything positive transpire from it.

New Speaker (09:20):

New companies are excited when you enter with the right attitude. It also can be highly stressful. The familiar old job often becomes a warm, fuzzy, fond memory. While the new job begins to feel like an unfriendly jungle with roaring lions tracking your every step, ready to attack. Time is essential. When incorporating change, give yourself a period to regain your balance before making an irreversible decision one, you may regret after absorbing all the benefits of this new organization. My rule of thumb to clients is don't analyze the pros and cons until you've celebrated your six-month anniversary. That's when it's time to make a solid decision to stay or to go.

New Speaker (10:15):

Please remember, ideas are good. Action is better. What will you take on from this podcast to make sure you begin any new job successfully? What are you going to commit to initiating? What will you shift in how you relate to your new position, boss, peers, and companies. Now, create a plan of action and work on it.

New Speaker (10:40):

I'd appreciate it if you would pass on this podcast to friends and peers. My purpose in producing it is to facilitate every executive woman in finding her fulfilling, satisfying place in business.

New Speaker (10:54):

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New Speaker (11:39):

I'd be delighted to support you. Remember no one ever makes it to the top or even arrives at their next destination alone.