Starting a new job or assignment comes with a host of “cultural” unknowns:
- Will the work environment be fast paced or laid back?
- Will you mesh well with your new co-workers?
- What will your supervisor think of you?
- How will you fit in?
To succeed in your new environment, you must do more than merely perform your job duties well. In addition, you need to learn how to navigate the sometimes tricky waters of a new culture. Use this list of suggestions to thrive on the job by fitting in from day one:
- Observe. From the moment you walk in the door, pay attention to others – how they interact, dress, maintain their workspaces, etc. By simply observing, you can learn a lot about how the company operates on a daily basis. Find out who the most successful team members are and take your cues from them.
- Be flexible. Be open to changing the ways you approach tasks, communicate with others and structure your work day. The company probably has well-established ways of getting things done and expects you to conform to their standards.
- Be courteous and respectful. One of the best ways to win over new co-workers and supervisors is by using good business etiquette. Treat everyone with respect by being considerate of others’ workloads and meeting your commitments on time. If you are working in close quarters or open spaces with others: use a quiet tone when speaking; keep your cell phone off or on vibrate; keep socializing to a minimum. Remember that everyone has work to do, including you.
- Dress for success. Your clothes influence the way your manager and co-workers perceive you. While on the job, avoid fashions that are too trendy, revealing or casual. Make a good impression by dressing appropriately for your position, or one notch above.
- Beware of office politics. Office politics are part of the interactive process of working together toward individual, team and company goals. While on a short-term assignment, the best choice is to steer clear of these dynamics. If you’re on a long-term assignment, or have accepted a direct position, however, you need to learn to cope with them. Learn how to compliment and not criticize; disagree without being disrespectful; stay above gossip by not spreading rumors. Establish a reputation as a hard working, positive employee who is not a part of the rumor mill, and you’ll be off to a good start.
Find a Great Fit with A.R. Mazzotta
If you’re looking for a job or temporary assignment in Connecticut, we invite you meet in-person with one of A.R. Mazzotta’s Staffing Professionals. Together, we can discuss what type of job works best for you, the environment you like, your strengths and your salary requirements.
With over 40 years of experience, A.R. Mazzotta knows that a good fit means more than matching skills. To find the right opportunity for you, we will carefully match your career goals, experience, talents and strengths with the company’s culture and the skill and talent requirements of the job. Contact us today and find a great fit with A.R. Mazzotta.