Starting a new job is a nerve-wracking experience. With new
people to befriend, processes to learn and expectations to meet, you can
quickly find yourself overwhelmed. Make sure you stick to these seven essential
tips to ensure you have the perfect first week on the
First, you need to know exactly what constitutes success in
your new role. Make sure your new manager has communicated what they look for when
gauging how well you’re getting along. Once you have that, plan how you intend to
Lean heavily on your manager and your new colleagues. Think
– how does your role fit into the wider team? How will your work contribute to
success at a business level? Who can you lean on for help, advice and support? Answer
these questions early and lay the groundwork for success in your new role.
You spend more time with your colleagues than you do your
closest friends, so it’s vital you take every opportunity to get to know them.
There’s no better time to start than the first week, so put on your friendliest
smile and get involved with the people around your new desk. Join them for
lunch, get involved in office chats over the latest Netflix series, and suggest
a post-work pint to really get invested in your new team.
Making friends can really help you to ingratiate yourself into
a new company. Place it high on your list of priorities.
A new job means a fresh start, so why not teach yourself
some new habits? Organisation can be a
real win at any stage of your job so start as you mean to go on and get
everything in order.
For starters, you can equip yourself with everything you
need to bring about your new-found organisation. Get a fresh, shiny notepad
and a working pen to note down all the info being thrown at you in your first
week. Once you’ve got the right tools, you can turn to your computer. Create an
organised filing system for documents and emails, saving you hours of admin
time in the future.
Find a Mentor
With a whole new office environment to get to grips with, it
can be a huge help to have a company veteran to help take you through the do’s
Mine your new mentor for insider info that could prove
valuable when approaching a work situation for the first time. Learn the inside
jokes, get to know the who’s who in the office, and just generally get a feel
for where everything is; these are all essential ingredients to a successful first
Starting a new job is going to
push you out of your comfort zone. Meet it head-on with a big slice of
enthusiasm and you’ll soon find yourself sitting snuggly in your new role.
Approach every situation you’re
given with enthusiasm; be it work-related or more social-based. Give your new
employees a taste of exactly why they hired you, throwing yourself into your
work and impressing your peers in the office.
You aren’t going to know how
everything works from day one. When you hit a stumbling block, don’t be afraid
to speak up to find the answers you need. People
sometimes think speaking up is a mark of failure, or they might be a
little too shy to say when they’re stuck. Remember you’re in a new job, with
new tasks to fulfil and new processes for fulfilling them. It’s going to happen;
your colleagues will no doubt understand and be more than willing to offer a
Get the Tea Round Right!
Finally, and perhaps most
importantly, deliver when it comes to the tea round. One of the biggest office
pet peeves is getting the tea order wrong, or not offering to make a round at
all. Put yourself in the office good books, get the kettle on and memorise each
person’s perfect brew.
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