First 30 Days In Your New Job: Dos And Don’ts

Your first 30 days in your new job can be a nerve-racking experience but are also equally important because they have the power to either paint the right or wrong impression about your new employer and yourself. 

A number of things might be new to you – it is a new environment, new customers, new jargon and sometimes the processes are not familiar too, however, there are numerous ways that you can go about this.  


Dos And Don’ts In Your First 30 Days

Let’s look at a few things to set you up for success in your first 30 days and there on. 


Establish Your Priorities 

Identify your priorities. You can start with a simple to-do list for structure’s sake, this can be helpful in ensuring you are and stay on the right track. Avoid being all over the place, prioritise your tasks and everything work-related.  


Create A Workflow/Routine

Creating a workflow/routine is important as it fosters productivity and allows you to work efficiently and effectively. Failure to have routine results into ‘busy mode’, which most times hinders productivity. Aim for productivity over busy, not having a structure in place is likely to affect your productivity. 


Get To Know Your Team

Getting to know your team is key. You should engage with them and observe how they work, their personalities, what works for them and how you can work with them. Don’t seclude yourself from the team, rather get to know them – they’ve been with the company longer than you so capitalise on what you can learn from them.  


Ask Questions

If you’re in doubt, ask. Ask your colleagues to fast-track you on how things work. It also shows your willingness to learn. Write down the questions and then either raise them in the moment or during a one-on-one meeting with your manager or supervisor. Some questions may not necessarily need your manager’s input, you can speak to your colleagues. 


Learn About The Organisation

Immerse yourself in what the company you’re working for is about and what they stand for –  from their company culture, customers, goals, values and how everything works. Act like a sponge and absorb as much as you can. 


Understand Your Deliverables And Performance Expectations

You need to be aware of your KPI expectations, how performance is measured within the organisation and then draw up a plan on how you intend to meet your KPI’s, whatever your strategy is, use it to work smart to accomplish your tasks.   

Final Thoughts On The First 30 Days In Your New Job

Remain observant and always be willing to learn. Keep challenging yourself, take ownership of your new role and remember, being open-minded goes a long way; try it and thrive in your new work environment. 


How were your first 30 days in your new job? We would like to hear from you in the comment section.

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