Tips to Acquire Top-Success When Starting a New Job

How to Achieve Top-Success When Starting a New Job

Tips to achieving success when starting a new job

1. Be well informed about your team’s priority

Your first week of starting a new job could be tasking, especially when a lot was left to be done by your predecessor. Sometimes, you may find yourself sitting around reading system manuals while the team scrambles to find something you can occupy your time with.

No matter which way it goes, ask for some time with your manager to have a big-picture conversation about priorities.


2. Have a status-update conversation with your manager

At the end of the first week, sit down with your manager to talk about the status of the projects assigned to you and ask any lingering questions you may have. This is a great opportunity to get some early feedback on what you are doing right, what needs to be done better, and how you can spend your time during your second week for the greatest benefit of the team.

3. Spend a whole day at the office to know how things are done effectively

Are you a night owl, showing up at the office at 10 a.m. and working productively until the late hours? Or do you prefer to get in at 7 a.m. and leave earlier? In the long run, it is wise to structure your working days in a way that respects your natural productivity patterns.

However, the first week in the office is not the best time to do that. Instead, set aside one or more days to be the first person in the office and the last person out. Simply being present for a full workday will give you insight into when people are available when requests come in, and how the workload ebbs and flows.

If your position requires coordination and collaboration, understanding the optimal time to catch key individuals can make a difference in your productivity and effectiveness.

4. Organize yourself using a customized organizational chart

You may be presented with a beautiful organizational chart on your first day. You might discover that the team does not have one. Either way, dedicate some time to mapping out the interpersonal reporting and support relationships that are relevant to your team.

5. Meet with people and relate well with them

In all honesty, you should never stop doing this in your position, but your first week is key. Introduce yourself, get other people’s business cards, and add them to your organizational chart as you learn their professional roles and responsibilities. You don’t have to limit your conversation to work either. Feel free to ask about their families, hobbies, and interests.

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