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New Hire Reviews

Updated 04/03/2017

  For some reviews high anxiety, nerves are on end, fear
  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