“The scariest moment is just before you start.”
Humans are hardwired to fear change. Facing the unknown, our heart flutters like we met the love of our life, anxiety heightens the endorphins; disrupts our sleep and even eating habits. A million thought bubbles quietly emerges at the back of your mind while you are having orientation on the 1st day of your new job. Coping with a new environment, culture, systems and processes can prove to be challenging but with an open mind and flexibility, it shouldn’t be too hard.
Don’t be afraid to be who you are!
Will I fit in? Will my team like me? One of the few questions that many will ask themselves before they start their new job. If you are entering an established company, it is likely that the company already has an social culture or tribe in place. In plain terms, it means that there are already formed social groups (unspoken) by hierarchy, personalities or even reputations. Don’t be afraid to be who you are, eccentric, crazy, loud, reserved or quiet. Remember you are hired because of your personality and ability to get the job done. Any relationship is a 2 way traffic, same goes for working relationship, there will be compromises, agreements and disagreements. At the end of the day, we are all hired to get the job done. So be yourself and worry lesser!
When in doubt, ask!
Being direct can be challenging especially if you are one those few who tend to consider other people’s feelings during any conversations. Don’t be afraid to ask when you are in doubt. No questions are silly and even if so, it is easier to look silly during your 1st week of the job than when you are 1 month into the job! Ask as many question as you can to clear your doubts to help facilitate your upcoming projects. “Who? When? Why? What? And How?”, the top 5 keywords on the new job! Who should I be asking for approval? When is the deadline? Why is the process established in this way? What is the dynamics of the decision panel? How do I get the report on time?
Understand how the company operates
If you are in the sales and marketing function, it helps to understand how the frontline operations operate. Opt for a short day or 2 attachment with the frontline staff and you’ll find answers while working with them. Finding out their strengths and challenges not only help you to understand how the business operates; it can also help you to redesign better workflow or even plan effective sales and marketing campaigns to implement. A happy employee empowered with the right tools = happy customers. With new found understanding of the business, you’ll find yourself integrating and adjusting faster.
“Stay out of your comfort zones. You will only grow when you feel uncomfortable.”
Comfort breeds complacency. We learn and grow only when we are uncomfortable where we learn to adjust and find alternative solutions to make ourselves comfortable again. During the uncomfortable journey, we expand our width and volume to pick up new skills and habits, to better ourselves in preparation to counter the next uncomfortable situation. So while you’re on the new job, you’ll be learning new things everyday about yourself and adding new credentials to your resume.
Feeling nervous is a good sign that you are welcoming new experiences. So be yourself and go for it!