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What to Do During Your First Month on the Job July 5, 2008

Posted by dapinoyemployee in Da Pinoy Employee.
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Congratulations! You got the job. Now it’s time to make your mark and earn your keep. Use these tips to help you earn good points:
Know the office and the people in it.
Offices are like beehives, in that everyone might have different functions but you all have the same goal. And you’ll be holed out in the same building as well. During your first day, your supervisor or manager will usually introduce you to the rest of the club and acquaint you with the office infrastructure. You do have to know how far your table is from the rest room, right?

Find out about the people you will be working with and those that you will be in contact from time to time. If you work in the HR department, for example, find out who the people in Accounting and Purchasing are because in the future, you will be working closely with them on certain projects.

Meet your colleagues.
Get to know the people in your team. If you haven’t been introduced, then take the initiative. Find out who works on which project and with whom. This will let you assess how each colleague will impact your job and how effectively you can work together.

Take note of office culture.
Office culture is important because it helps you assess whether you found the right company or not. Here’s a good trick: come to work half an hour early on the first day on the job and then take note of who else does the same thing. Leave half an hour late as well and observe who else stays around, particularly those who belong to the same department as you do.

Consider the communication style – how people talk, what language or dialect they use, their tone, etc. Take note of how often co-workers use the phone, the e-mail or face-to-face communication to talk to one another.

Come lunch time, take note of how early or late people take lunch and for how long. Do the same for coffee breaks. Take note of how they dress up as well. The dress code is an excellent indication of the type of attitude people have at work and the image the company wishes its employees to maintain.

If you can, do not make disparaging comments about company culture. And don’t compare your old company with the new one. Don’t say, ‘You know, in my old office, we used to do this and that.’ E ‘di dun ka na lang. Culture is unique to each company so learn what type of culture your new home has. Then slowly adapt to it as you go along.

Meet with your boss.
Your boss should have a short meeting with you during your first day on the job. Take this chance to learn about your work in detail. Discuss the type of responsibilities your position entails and how you contribute to the general objective of the company. Find out which tasks or projects need immediate attention and how you will be expected to communicate progress or accomplishments.

Ask your boss as well about performance evaluation, along with the standards you will have to comply with. Do this on the first two days of your job. At the end of the week, ask your boss for his/her feedback. Do the same for the second and fourth weeks. Before your first month is over, you will have learned what you’re doing right and which areas you need to improve on.

Come up with your strategy.
Now that you’ve discussed your job with the boss, list down the things that you’ve learned about your job and design your game plan. How do you plan to accomplish what and what kind of goals will you have that will directly benefit your team or the organization? Send a copy to your boss and ask for feedback. This list will help guide you on what to do during your first 30 days on the job and also serve as a good reference when evaluation time comes.

Don’t carry old luggage.
If you’re transferring from an old job to a new one, there might be some loose ends you need to take care of before you join your new employer. Iron out issues here so you can make a good start. Transitioning smoothly will help you establish yourself immediately and focus on your new job.

Remember that first impression is lasting but only so much.So maybe you impressed them when you came in. But stardom only lasts a good 15 minutes and you’ve got a long way to go. Time will come when your star quality will fade or will be put in question, particularly if you don’t perform well. Don’t rely on first impressions and overstay your welcome. You’ve been hired – do your job and do it well.



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