dominates your mind and you stop thinking clearly.
Here are some items that may help you deal with this
period and, more importantly, understand how to set
the stage for a good review every time you have on.
Sound too good to be true? Not with good planning!
Something things, in general, to remember as a new employee:
1. You will not save the planet in your first 90 days
It may take a week or more just to know where the restrooms are within the
office building you are working in. Everything takes time when you're new.
2. Invest time in getting to know your workgroup or team members
Having good working relationships will help foster trust and confidence which
is critical to success and for performance reviews of you and the team. Connect
with each of them on a personal level so you are comfortable in reaching out to
each other for insight, answers or some assistance, like how to get things done.
Team building over lunch is a great tradition and your manager may be the first
to buy lunch for you and the team.
3. You are going to be on INFORMATION OVERLOAD for some time
Accept it, and enlist the help of others in your learning effort. Make of list of
Things to Learn to track your learning progress and refresh your memory. The
floodgates will be wide open when you start but the flood reduces as you learn
4. Understand the priorities
You will have priorities, so will the work team and your work group. Know what
those are so you understand how to respond to events. Being new, you may have
some special skills they lack and can contribute quickly to resolve pressing items
effectively and impressively. Some things may not be "barn burners" while others
will be a "drop everything and All Hands On Deck" situations." Being seen as a
contributor with special talents is not bad for "the new person".
5. Be On Time, Be Dependable
Whether it's at your desk at or before the appointed time, to meetings or other
activities, be on time, be reliable and build your trust. Come in early to make use
of that "quiet time" in the mornings when you can focus and make significant
progress. Teams are successful by being able to leverage the strengths of other
team members and knowing they will come through for the team.
6. Take care of yourself, your mind and your body
The first few weeks can be very intense, demanding and stressful for some. Make
certain you are eating right, getting enough GOOD sleep, and keep a positive
attitude. Failure can lead to you becoming ill and being perceived early on as
someone who "can't cut it." There are many things you will need to prove to
others. Don't burn yourself out and let them