Presidents and prime ministers are evaluated on the basis of the first 100 days of their term of office. When starting a new job, challenge yourself to make your mark in 30 days. Here’s how.
Make a game plan with your boss
From day one, you need to sit down with your boss and define your goals and a timeline. This exercise is essential because it will allow you to objectively measure your progress in the first few months. Without it, the new employee navigates by sight and can quickly get lost in the new organization.
Also, keeping your boss regularly informed of your activities is necessary. Mathieu Constantineau, CHRP, a transition and job search consultant at Cible-Emploi in the Lower Laurentians, says, “We can offer to meet with him at the end of each day, but it can be in a more informal way, in a doorway setting. He needs to know where we are in our evolution. If he comes back after a month without follow-up, he will think we are at a certain point, but that will probably not be the case. »
Socialize with your colleagues
Building relationships with new colleagues is intimidating, but even the most introverted must strive to get out of their comfort zone. A positive and dynamic attitude is obviously in order, but it’s not enough to just be positive during meetings.
When starting a new job, take every opportunity to get to know others, whether it’s a simple lunch, a happy hour or a hallway conversation. This allows you to understand the unwritten rules of the company as well as the informal hierarchy. To start a conversation, ask questions about your co-worker’s work or hobbies: no one refuses to talk about themselves-même !
Mathieu Constantineau advises learning to live with ambiguity when starting a new job: “You have to show a lot of autonomy and tolerate uncertainty. Sometimes you don’t really know why you’re doing a particular task, but you can’t control everything. »
Moreover, criticizing the practices of colleagues as soon as he or she arrives is not advisable: it is better to keep quiet and learn how the organization works. The proposed changes will be better received after two or three months, as you will have earned the respect of your colleagues.
Be honest with yourself
There is an important difference between the stress of the early days in a new organization and a deep sense of not belonging. If after a few weeks you still wonder what you’re doing here and are afraid to go to work, it’s a sign that this new job is not for you.
“From day one, you have to ask yourself what your goal is in this business and set a career plan. It’s never going to end well if we push ourselves too hard and it doesn’t work out. You have to be comfortable with yourself. We’ll find a better job elsewhere,” advises Mathieu Constantineau.