Wednesday, 19 August 2015

New Job? Here's something you might want to know




Every day, thousands of us start new jobs. It can be in various different sectors and at various different posts. It doesn't matter who you are and what you do, you will most probably have 'new job' jitters. Its very natural and also difficult to deal with sometimes.

Ofcourse you don't want to create a bad impression on your new colleagues or boss or juniors. Everyone wants to be liked at the office along with being effective at their work. There are so many things that can go wrong in the first few weeks but fortunately, we get to learn from other people's experiences. 

Here's a list of things you might want to keep in mind when you start any new job:

You don't need to have an opinion about everything 
More often than not, whenever you join a new job, you want your colleagues to see how smart you are or well informed you are. To prove this, you might start giving an opinion about everything. It might make you feel involved but it can get irritating after a point of time. No one expects you to know everything as soon as you join. Actually, everyone expects you to know more about the working of the organisation before you start passing out opinions on everything and everything. 

Observe. Observe. Observe.
Jobs are not like classrooms. No one will come to you and explain everything to you every time. You have got to learn things on your own. Observation is the best way to learn new things. Observe how each process is done. Observe how people behave in different situations. Observe the social norms of the office. Observation and introspection will teach you more in the office than any training session. 

Don't judge people.
The people you are going to work with have probably never worked with you before. You probably don't know them at all. This might be the first time you are working with/for them. Don't be quick to form judgments. It can not only play out in your actions but it might limit your development. You might judge someone and not mingle with them that much and you might miss out on meeting an interesting person. This is not just for the beginning few weeks. This is for life. 

Listen more than you speak.
Another mistake that most people make is to speak more than listen. You have joined a new place. You are the one who needs to know more about the work and the people. Every time you speak, you are missing an opportunity to listen. Be patient and listen to people. Listen to everyone. It will help you get an idea of the work environment and work culture. 

Trust the system.
You might feel the need to bring about radical changes in a lot of things at the work place. Don't do it. This mindset will stop you from understanding the rationale behind the work process currently in place. All might not seem right from the beginning but you have got to trust the system. After some time if you think its not working out, figure out a solution but don't go to work with solutions and then look for problems. 

Work Hard. Be Nice. 
The motto that never fails. If you work hard everyday and are nice to people, your chances of learning and doing well at your job increase manifold. It might seem like a very simple thing to do but it is the most important. Hardwork and empathy  have never caused anyone any problems. 

These are some of the 'rules' that you might want to follow throughout your work life but especially at the beginning. This is not an exhaustive list. There are lots of things that you need to take care of when you start a job and you will discover new things everyday. 

All the best.

A

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