As a new hire, you want to make a great first impression and then keep that going. In this situation, as with many others, your actions speak louder than your words. You’ll earn a reputation as a quality employee by what you do (and don’t do) to make a favorable impression on your manager, co-workers, and clients.
Don’t wait to be asked.
Employers want team members who show initiative rather than those who do their work only when asked or told to do so. You may not get an exact blueprint of what your manager wants you to do each day, so ask questions, particularly, “How can I help?”. If you have the time, look at tasks that others have avoided but that need doing, such as updating a database or clearing out that cluttered extra cubicle. Taking a few minutes each day so it doesn’t interfere with the rest of your work, you’ll gain the gratitude of your boss and co-workers and avoid the “it’s not my job” stigma.
Find a question balance.
In line with taking initiative, while you should feel comfortable asking questions when you begin a job, you don’t have to ask about every little thing. This indicates to a manager that you can’t or won’t do things by yourself and that you need your hand held, which doesn’t do you any favors as an employee. Reach out to others in your department to find your answers — this takes the onus off your direct supervisor and helps you build relationships.
Earn your flexibility.
Too often the generation coming into the workforce expects to have the ability to make special requests and change their schedules right off the bat; it doesn’t usually work that way. You need to first demonstrate that you get your work done in the time given to you, prove yourself as a focused and dedicated producer, and then, down the line, you’ll have earned the respect of your employer enough to make special requests.
Give your opinion thoughtfully.
You got the job because you obviously have experience and background in your industry. However, the new employee who constantly questions the way the company does things and throws in his two cents on how it could be done better comes off as a know-it-all and certainly not a team player. Err on the side of suggesting a new way to do something rather than questioning a boss’ approach.
Keep The Godfather in mind.
To paraphrase, it’s not personal, it’s business. By all means become friendly with your work colleagues but always bear in mind that your professional relationship comes first. Make sure to always act that way, even when going out to happy hour after work. Avoid over-indulging in either alcohol or personal narratives and you’ll always maintain a reputation of professionalism.
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