Starting a new job? Congratulations! Now the real work begins. Here’s how to start off on the right foot:
- Be confident. You may be nervous on your first day, but remember that you were hired because people thought you could do a good job. Bring that confidence into the office on day one.
- Learn from others. Pay attention to your co-workers. Even after your initial training, you can still learn a lot about what’s expected by watching, listening, and adopting others’ good practices.
- Strike a balance. You’ve got to know how things are done in your organization, but don’t be afraid to suggest changes when they make sense. Be diplomatic about it, and back your ideas up with examples from your own experience.
- Be patient. Your first few days and weeks may be difficult as you learn the ropes. Don’t expect instant success. Focus on doing your job and improving as you go along.