Now that you’ve got that anticipated call, finally haggled the compensation, and landed that dream job you’ve been pushing to nail down for a couple of weeks– Congratulations! You’re now officially part of the team.
So what’s next?
Most organizations would give employees a few days to prepare and complete all the essential requirements. It is easier to finish everything than the actual day itself – your first day of work!
We’ve all been there– the anxiety, fear of being left out, the jitters, whatever you want to call it. It is necessary to play your cards right. After all, this is the perfect time to get enthusiastic, a stepping stone that might establish your long-term career.
According to biospace.com, skilled newbies should know how to quickly ingratiate with their new colleagues and establish themselves as a great addition to the team in a matter of days by following some simple steps. Here are a few ways to ensure a successful first day at a new job.
Prepare ahead of time
You can avoid the jitters if you prepare. Get a good night’s sleep, have everything ready that you’ll need for the morning, including your clothes, and set your alarm earlier than usual to account for unexpected traffic or delay. Make sure to eat breakfast so you’ll have energy the whole day.
Do your research
This may have been asked during the grueling interviews, but better ensure you’ve done as much research as possible about the organization: its structure, mission and vision, culture, and core values. You may be asked to come up with questions or provide feedback during the meet and greet with colleagues.
Always have a pen and paper with you
Your first day is when you’ll first see your work area, learn your specific day-to-day workflow and schedule, meet your coworkers, and much more. As a new team member, it is expected that you will not be able to grasp everything on your first day. Your first few days at any new job are a natural learning curve, and you’ll be taking in much further information, from the mundane to the important. Take notes, so you don’t forget anything and reference it to questions you have that will come up a few days or weeks down the line.
Don’t hesitate to ask anything related to your current role. Everyone was new once and knows what it’s like to feel a little lost in their first few days. Just ask the doubt and relax.
Make a good first impression
Be courteous. This should always be your demeanor daily, which is essential for your first few days. If you get invited to lunch, say yes! This is a more casual and social opportunity to bond and get to know your peers at work.
It’s a lot to take in when you’re already taking in a lot of new stuff during your first few days, but there is nothing more annoying than a new employee feeling like their time is being wasted. Be productive and engaged. Stay distraction-free as you get trained. Do not use your mobile phone during training sessions; it will be easier for you to grasp the knowledge needed for your role.
Every company has its way of making it easier for a newbie to adjust to the workplace culture and scopes of the job. It’s easier said than done, but the feeling of jitters is normal, especially when you are just starting your journey. Omni Channel Solutions provides a unique way of welcoming new hires now that a hybrid setup is becoming the norm.
Shaira Bucog, Omni HR Specialist, believes that Omni Channel Solutions’ day zero or our first-day program for new hires is not just the typical orientation most corporate workplaces do. “Our new talents get the opportunity to interact with the company president and operations managers to have some introductory activities and Q&A to keep them from feeling apprehensive on their first day,” she says.
Her advice to new employees is to always communicate: “Things will go much more smoothly on your part so possess curiosity, ask inquiries, and smile frequently!”