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Tips To A Smooth Start At A New Job

Jul 25, 2008
You need to put your best foot forward your new place of employment. Let's take a look at how you can do this.

Learning a New Job

You have to learn a new job and new procedures. Some of it may be explained to you, but the rest is for you to tackle or attempt to learn from the colleagues around you. Take care how you ask, respond and also handle the job.

It is better to ask lots of questions than to make a mistake.

Short Notes

Do not hesitate to make notes. You may need to operate a machine or a particular program, and you may not be able to remember everything the first time. It is better to take down details than to keep asking and disturbing your colleagues when they are working.

Make notes on whatever else you may be told or are learning about the organization.

Be True To Your Work

Don't be tempted to check your mail or surf the 'net when the work at hand has not been completed. If you find yourself with time on your hands, look into material that will educate you about your organization and job.

Keep Your Cell Phone in Silence Mode

Respect your colleagues by keeping your cell phone on silent mode and keep your voice down when answering it. Some organizations do not allow employees to answer their mobiles during working hours. Be sure to find out what the company's policies are regarding personal messaging devices.

Respond to calls on your own time. Nothing gets an employee an unfavorable reputation faster than spending a lot of company time on personal tasks like phone calls.

Complete the Work Given

Every attempt should be made to complete the work assigned to you. Always having to apologize for not completing jobs is damaging to your reputation as an employee - both with fellow employees and your supervisor.

If you feel you are being given more than you can complete, then you should discuss it with your superiors.

Be Attentive

Listening and observing helps you learn more than talking or interrupting the person who is speaking. You will learn more about company matters and policies and the work culture and flow by listening to your colleagues.

Be Positive

Being positive and enthusiastic will showcase your attitude toward your work and workplace. Show your eagerness about the work being explained to you and your confidence that you can handle it.

Gain Respect

It is important for you to earn the respect of your colleagues by speaking to them courteously. If you show respect for them, they are more likely to reciprocate.

Be a Part of the Team

Most work is carried out by teams, not individually. Make sure that you show you are part of the team and support it. You will need that support from them at some point. Always be humble and polite.

Taking on a new job is not easy. You need to work hard at two things simultaneously: you need to learn a new job and you need to make a good impression. Be friendly and you'll settle in well with your new employer.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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