Make an active effort to become a part of the team. A major part of working is being able to get along well with colleagues.
Make a concerted effort to build rapport with others
Building rapport will help you be accepted by co-workers
Accept and ask for assistance, graciously
Pitch in willingly for tasks when needed
Expect to learn tasks from multiple people
Not important to wow everyone with your wide array of skills/knowledge
Be an effective listener
Listen carefully to all instructions you are given, many will be details on policies/procedures. Observe others’ reaction to instruction (Listen with eyes and ears.)
Clarify message immediately if unclear
Write down details of complicated messages
Pay attention…don’t fake it
Characteristics of a positive attitude
Friendly, open, willing to learn, enthusiastic, a good listener, confident, prompt, courteous, hard worker
Be a comfortable person to be around, communicate openly and freely
Watch your environment
Much of what you will learn will be experiential.
How does communication happen? through email, memos, notes, verbal.
How do breaks work? length, being prompt.
How Much to Produce in Your First Week?
How much one produces and prepares to produce is critical to early and continual success on the job. Striving for quality is most important… practice quality from the beginning. While each job differs in terms of what is expected, do the best job that you can on everything you are given.
1. Expect to have either way too much to do – or not enough
If there is little to do, stay busy by job shadowing someone else, or look for relevant information to read
If there seems too much to do, prioritize the best you can
2. Go over expectations with supervisor
Meet at the end of the first week go over job duties, objectives, expectations
Surviving The First Week
Expect lots of grunt work – there is no way to escape the passage all rookies must go through
Recognize there are mundane, boring tasks associated with every job. Stay positive, and prove you are a team player
Expect the unexpected
There will be surprises
You will experience every emotion possible
Stay sane (If this is your first full time job consider getting out on your lunch breaks. You will break up the day and come back feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.)
You are expected to take the initiative, don’t expect someone to tell you where you should be, or what you should be doing
Begin to develop an idea about the larger world you have entered
Understand policies and procedures
Work toward gaining a clear understanding of how you fit in to the bigger picture of your company
Try to determine what people do, and their official titles
Own up immediately to mistakes
Don’t cover them up, downplay, make excuses, or blame someone else. It will only make the situation worse and make you look immature, dishonest, and/or unprofessional
Figure out what are the most important things to learn
You will not be able to master everything at once
Determine what you need to do in order to be productive
What to Expect Within the First Week
Completing lots of forms and paperwork
Work site orientation
Settling into work area
Understanding work flow
Reading company literature (product catalogues, training material, industry reports)
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