We often find ourselves overwhelmed when we join a new organisation. At first, it’s a good feeling as your new colleagues are there around you, want to get to know you and want you to be a part of the team. They try to create a comfortable environment for you by being social, cracking jokes and supporting you with daily work.
Sooner or later, things start to change, sometimes because you get pushed into workplace politics or maybe because your professional relationships start becoming personal.
In this blog, I would like to talk about the things that I have learned when I transitioned from one organisation to another.
So, what do you need to do in the initial stage of your new job, to create a fruitful work environment at the new organization?
#1 - Come with a growth mindset, not a fixed one
When we move into a new company, we bring with us the views, culture and working styles of our previous organisation. And knowingly or unknowingly we tend to stick to this mindset because at this point these ideologies put us into our comfort zone.
To avoid limiting our capabilities and sinking into a fixed mindset, in the initial stage of your new job - approximately a year – we should be open to understanding how things are done in the new company, and then we should try and incorporate our ideologies by accounting for our new team and their working culture. Avoiding a pre-set mind increases our willingness and ability to learn. Having a growth mindset makes us good learners and improves our adaptability.
With experience, colleagues that hold senior positions have developed the ability to gauge trustworthiness, and guide and mentor others. Hence, instead of focusing on displaying our existing knowledge, skills and abilities, we should focus on learning from experienced colleagues that hold a senior position.
A growth mindset and a willingness to learn will help build a strong long-lasting path for your journey at the new organization.
#2 - Know your team better than anyone else
When you are new at an organization, it is easy to do what you’re told and get influenced by others. Understanding each member of your team can help prevent your involvement in any workplace politics and can help ensure that work is effectively completed as a team.
Therefore, spend a good amount of time to observe your team members’ working styles, their likes and dislikes, and their personalities. During this initial period of socializing with your new team, be wary and avoid indulging in any kind of gossip, which may lead to workplace politics.
My personal recommendation is that if you find yourself being the topic of discussion or being in the middle of any uncomfortable gossip – walk away and only get involved in positive interactions. Stay away from unhealthy thoughts as it could cloud your judgment and the way you work and perceive others.
#3 - Begin with a “never say no” attitude
As a new employee, you are given a job description that clearly states your essential roles and responsibilities at the organization. Soon you realise that a lot of non-essential tasks are being off-loaded or delegated to you, because you’re the new employee who will not say no to any kind of work. Many of us may deny doing such tasks as we feel we should only be performing the roles and responsibilities that were mentioned in our job description.
Instead, what we should do is build a willingness to attempt every kind of task (at least a few times) because this will help us learn each part of the organizational processes. Having a “never say no” attitude can be a huge benefit for our growth and professional development. Another advantage of having such an attitude is that you will be able to identify your strengths and will be able to recognize tasks that can be incorporated into your daily roles and responsibilities. This way you can get the right compensation for your time spent on such tasks.