Fast Company recently asked Crafted Career Founder, Eli Howayeck for advice on how to settle
Stay balanced, keep important routines (sleep, exercise, family)
Even if you are energized and excited to dive into the new role, job transitions tend to be stressful. To stay sharp and build good momentum in your new role, keep your “temple” strong. Get the right amount of sleep, exercise
Study people. Observe the daily interactions between leaders and managers. Take note of interpersonal dynamics, notice but suspend judgment
“An organizational chart tells you about the formal structures, but you can get a better idea of who really holds sway, power and influence in the organization through observation and listening,” Howayeck explains, adding, “as you get to know your colleagues and make friends, pay attention to who’s respected, who’s not, who’s got influence and who doesn’t.”– Eli Howayeck, for Fast Company
Figure out your boss’s expectations of you
“what does your boss really expect from you?” Howayeck says.Eli Howayeck for Fast Company
How do they want to you to communicate information – when, how often, how detailed? Do they want to know about problems before, during or after they are solved? Do they want a hand in decision making or are they comfortable with you being autonomous? Will you be praised or catch the ire of your manager if you swerve a little outside your lane to find a solution? This stuff matters and if you ignore these preferences, you do so at your own risk.
Read the company’s strategic planning documents
If they exist, read them to better understand the direction that leadership is trying to steer the company. Seek to understand the marketing and sales strategies as well as technologies and channel partners the company utilizes to grow the business. Its a little counterintuitive, but you don’t want to ask questions or make statements that fly in the face of the information shared and communicated through these documents. It’s like asking a question that was already asked and answered and makes it seem like you weren’t paying attention!
Listen more than you talk, but don’t hide behind your “new girl/guy” status or your computer screen
Early on, you’re in learning mode so be curious, ask questions and listen. Be engaged without being too assertive. There’s nothing wrong with assertiveness, but when you’re new, you don’t really know the priority of things to be assertive about. In groups or team discussions, ask for clarification or some contextual history to help bring you up to speed. It shows you care and are engaged. Your teammates might also appreciate the refresher on some information or important details that they felt too “seasoned” to speak up or ask about (i.e. chances are someone else has the same question).
For more advice from Eli – head to Fast Company.
Eli Howayeck (MBA, Kellogg School of Management), Founder and CEO of Crafted Career Concepts, is passionate about helping motivated people achieve their career, educational, or personal goals and helping businesses, large and small, overcome a variety of challenges facing their business.