First Impression is the Best Impression. Make your best impression with anybody you come across in your new environment. Making an impression does not mean over reacting or just over doing things. Just be yourself, greet and be friendly with all. Tacit behavior is also not an advisable gesture. Just be yourself and be that extra bit attentive.
1. Request your manager for a meeting
Ensure that you and your manager are on the same page and “NO ASSUMPTIONS”. Even if you’ve already discussed expectations during the interview, now that you are an employee, It’s time to revisit the topic.
During this meeting, ask what your manager’s expectations are for this role. Some questions which are common to ask and know are
• How will my performance be evaluated?
• How do you achieve success in this role?
• What is your expectation and target for my first 90 days?
• What is the best way for us to communicate officially?
• What personal traits and habitats do you respect most from your employees?
Ask and note realistic questions and scenarios and don’t fantasize. Over reacting or digging on too deep in to any questions will also collapse the job understanding.
Your purpose for asking these questions is to understand your manager’s expectations and how you can best manage those expectations.
This first meeting sets the tone for how you’ll communicate and work with your new manager. It shows you are thoughtful and interested in creating a partnership.
Prepare a small but not tiny agenda for the first 90 day target. Keep the target realistic starting from 15 th day onwards. I am suggesting 15 th day onwards because you need a 2 week time to settle your work place. This is not a to do list which you can get it done within a day or before starting. The first 15 days of work are based on requirements as and when they come up. Initially you might set up a few essential things on your table for daily official use, after a couple of days on the environment and utility you might add up a few more things, then based on the necessity of adaptiveness you will add few more or change some.
It will get a minimum of 10 – 15 days to get settled on your work desk and focus on work.
So start your effective workable plan 15 days to 30 days, 30 – 60 days and then 60- 90 days. However, there will be more adaptability requirements after 15 days which will sure be very minimal.
Here’s a rough outline of what to address when creating your plan for your first 90 days:
15 to 30-Day Plan: Basically, during the first 30 days it will more of talking, understanding people, training, knowing people, etc. Utilize this time to make a list of your team and note down their likes, dislikes, their good nature and bad traits, their best compatible time and their most busy time, their roles and positions, If possible, make list of them and note down their contact details and their likes and dislikes. Some people are very talented and have the tendency to curdle your mind to with unwanted and misguiding information which will lead to a chaos and confusion in your mind. Be very careful. Every office has a few set if employees who do nothing but win trust by doing minimal work, exploiting others work and information as thyself by gossips. You have joined a new job because you have the talent and this must fetch you your bread and butter and if after relishing the fruits of your talent, then you can share to others. Keep your mouth shut for such unwanted things.
30 – 60-Day Plan: Now that you must have some bucks in your wallet filled after 30 days with your first salary, now it’s time to move on to processes. Now its time to meet up with your supervisor for a short review on your stand point in the company and to reveal your suggestions for improvement. Meanwhile during the first slot you would have come across someone other than your manager who you think Is genuine and has a tendency to mentor you and guide you. It’s a good time now to build your network stronger and you will have the best hand to ask for official consultation and work your way up the ladder along with your team. Also you would have learnt the best practices and probably would have also learnt about other departments in the industry.
60 – 90-Day Plan: Its time to put your leaning and information gathered into your style and execute your plan of action. Depending on your role, that could mean actually productive work. Get set now and assign new goals, correct errors beforehand and ensure that your planned potential is executed and delivered.
Also pay attention to problem solving implementation methods utilized by your colleagues to resolve similar scenarios in their style and observe and implement it if it might be of betterment to you.
Never constrain..be open for newer methodologies and adapt others strategy and learn
Never jump into conclusions.
Also now that you are almost ready to set things in boosted action you will also be in a position to mentor someone who might have just started but now
PAUSE….THINK… AND REACT.
This is a very crucial part, I would not call it a mistake but it is not a good practice to do. Many other would approach you and might seek your mentorship also. Let them go through their 90 days and learn. Do tell them your 90 day biography. It will not fetch you a reward, in turn it will only spoil his / her 90 day learning process.
REMEMBER EVERY HUMAN IS DIFFERENT AND HAS HIS OWN VITALS TO WORK HIS WAY UP.
The next step is to PERSONAL BRAND yourself in the organization by paving a separate track or adding value in your way called etiquette. We will cover this is our next topic…