When starting a new job, you should…

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

never go into your supervisors office without a pad and a pen

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsPanda99:  Here are my tips that have helped me:

1) Pay attention to the company culture – Do people eat at their desks or go out for lunch? Do people roll in late or is everyone there on the dot (or even earlier)?

2) Go to company social functions – While I can think of a gazillion other things I’d rather be doing than socializing with co-workers, this is definitely an opportunity that can make or break you. The higher-ups pay attention to whether you attend and show that you give a sh!t (even if you’re faking it, lol).

3) Show initiative but be careful/show tact – Yes, you may be hired to fix things, but that doesn’t mean that you have free reign to just go ahead and tell people how to do their jobs. Take the time to learn the current processes, ask questions, etc.. Then as you become more comfortable in your new role and better acquainted with everyone, you will be able to go ahead and fix the existing processes. One example – a guy took my place after I left a firm. While I was training him, he kept criticizing our systems and processes and instead of learning anything, he tried to overhaul everything immediately. Needless to say, he was canned a month after I left.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MrsPanda99:  

  • Do not get drawn into the politics.  I’ve worked many places where on the first day some person wants to tell you the nitty gritty on all of your coworkers and there are so many people that fall for it.  My rule of thumb is to NEVER talk badly about any of my coworkers to any of my other coworkers. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Don’t spend all your time on the Bee.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MrsPanda99:  I’m very non confrontational so if someone tries to bait me I would say something along the lines of “I hadn’t noticed that but I have been really busy with X lately.”  Most of the time if people feel like you aren’t being a captive audience they will get the hint and go talk to other people that feed into their drama.

Now if a superior was asking me about something work related I would be very candid.  For example instead of saying she is a freaking idiot and can’t do her job.  I’d say I think she is overwhelmed and possibly needs help. 

I would take my advice with a grain of salt though because I am an accountant and have no aspirations of being in management. So I am admittedly a different kind of animal.

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MrsPanda99:  I supervise 5 people at my job. When they first start I ALWAY pay attention to their time of arrival. If I notice that they are usually on time/early, I stop paying attention, but if they are late I sit them down and talk about it.

I love when they add new suggestions on how to make something more efficient. 

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Accept that some people are slow-to-warm-up!

I spent a full month working with this woman who HATED me.

Then, one day, she was suddenly my BFF! I was like “AAH I DON’T UNDERSTAND”

But it turns out that she hates change and new people, and she wound up being one of my best planning resources for curriculum!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MrsNewDay: I hate company functions.  They feel so fake to me.  Although I usually go to the christmas party bc they have some sweet raffles there!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Be on time!! Don’t slack once you’re comfortable. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MrsPanda99:  early for most folks is 15 minutes. Not just parking your car, actually at your desk ready to go 15 minutes early. I did this for 90 days when I get my first “real job”.

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