How to adapt to new working conditions

If you have managed to get the job of your dreams, then you should know that this was not the most difficult part which is yet to come.

It is important to adapt to new working conditions, to rise to the expectations of your employer and exceed them!

Usually, employers offer new employees a “trial version” when they can make themselves noticed, if they manage to blend in and to perform their tasks flawlessly, they are granted a position.

This is why you must learn how to become flexible and versatile enough to adapt to diverse working conditions, and the following tips will surely help you do just that:

Understand your job requirements from the very beginning

If there is an aspect that requires your attention before anything else, that would be the job responsibilities.

Talk to the company manager or the recruiter about the immediate priorities that require your attention, as well as how your performance will be evaluated.

In the end, it is perfectly normal to want to advance in your career, to aspire to a greater position.

Socialise with your co-workers!

Be friendly, talkative and open to conversation. One of the biggest mistakes new employees tend to make after they get a new job is that they are too focused on making themselves noticed, and they ignore social relationships.

Get to know your colleagues, as they can be your greatest allies for complex projects. Besides, the chances are that you will be spending most of your days around them for the following years, so you surely want to make your working environment as friendly and positive as possible.

Both formal and informal conversations can work like magic and who knows, you might even get several new friends!

Be curious!

Being curious is perfectly normal, and if you have any questions then now is the time to ask them.

Try to find the “leader” amongst your colleagues, the employee everybody looks to for guidance and advice. He is the one who, most likely, holds the answers to your questions. It is important to have a solid knowledge base if you want to thrive in the company.

Show genuine interest and process all the information you get: as a matter of fact, it would not be a bad idea to jot down complex information, since you will receive loads of it at the beginning.

Always appreciate feedback

Feedback is essential for improving your professional skills, be it positive or negative. Appreciate feedback and ask for it whenever you get the chance to, especially during your first several months.

You can even ask the supervisor to give you some feedback on your overall performance and to tell you the aspects where you need to work harder.

On average, employees need up to 6 months to fully adapt to their new jobs, therefore don’t stress yourself if you did not blend in within the first couple of months.

Try harder than the rest

This is one of the most important aspects to consider. As a newbie, it is your duty to make a good first impression: you do not need to struggle to the point where your send off the wrong message and look fake, but you do need to make an extra effort.

You want your colleagues to remember you as the hard worker, the “resource” that is indispensable to the organisation.

Also, accept new assignments even if the duties are not included in your job responsibilities: you will not only make a good impression, but you will also learn more about other aspects of your job!

Understand and respect

the corporate culture

The corporate culture refers to the dress code and the general set of rules all employees respect.

It is crucial to be punctual: as a matter of fact, it is highly recommended to reach the office 5 to 10 minutes earlier than you are supposed to. Also, avoid dressing too casually and avoid being overdressed at the same time.

Be a good observer

There is no better way to blend in and to adapt to your new job requirements than by simply observing the personal and professional relationships around you.

Analyse others discretely, see how they interact, see how successful business people approach different matters and solve them.

Find a mentor who is willing to take you under his wing and help you succeed. Find your values and your strong points and then use them in your best interest!

Be flexible

Last, but not least, it is important to be flexible and willing to help. If a colleague asks for your help, give it to him and avoid saying that it is not part of your job duties.

Even if you come across business processes that are unfamiliar to you, keep an open mind and be willing to adapt.

Do not try to do things your way and be open to suggestions: remember that your colleagues have been around for a longer period of time, so you might want to look to them for inspiration. —

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