How to Become a Star in Your New Office

So, you’ve joined the new office and are clueless as hell as to how to get along with everybody? It is quite a task to become popular in your workplace in a very short time. Moreover, it is also difficult to get used to a new environment and new colleagues in a jiffy. Unless you are an extrovert, you are in the new office due to your contacts, or you simply take to people as plants do to sunlight!become a star in the new office

Getting along with new people and fresh work concerns looks extremely daunting to a reserved person just like getting acclimatized to a new country is.

However, becoming a star employee isn’t too much of a task if you’re passionate and interested about your new work. Work becomes play when you do what you love. However, few of these thumb-rules could help you become a hit among your co-workers and colleagues. What’s more, you can surely get noticed by the top-end managers too:

Bond with people, but don’t flatter them!

Make your seniors know how badly you wished from your college times to work in this organization. But know your limits while doing so. Do not indulge in flattery and needless buttering.Bond with people

People can tell flattery from genuine praise. Go light on the sweet words. Be precise and to the point. This will save time of both the parties from getting wasted on undue sugar-coated words.

Invite colleagues for coffee:

This tip is the best way to get to know your colleagues better. Furthermore, enjoying coffee with your team members is also a nice way to break the ice between you guys.coffee

Inviting colleagues over weekend is also a great way to spend time with people whom you’d be working for the years or at least months to come. Getting to know the temperament and attitude of the people you work with is as useful.

Be the problem-solver and not the problem-creator:

Just as it is important to be in the right place at the right time, it is also important not to be the reason for problems in your workplace.Problem Solver

Try as far as possible to neither be the problem-creator nor the person responsible for the problem. Be the proactive person, ready to be the on-site trouble-shooter. Assuming responsibility for solving the problem rather than adding to it or being a passive onlooker is unwelcome and unsavory too.

Likewise, try to be the go-to-person in the office. This could be your shortcut to becoming popular among everyone in the office. Being in the shoes of a problem-solver could make you the keeper of everybody’s issues and problems in life. This could in all likelihood make you a one-stop solution for every relationship and life problem.

Improve your communication skills:

Work-life is a polar opposite of college-life. Grades and not communication mattered in the academics to be rated as a star student. In the work-life, communication and performing your duties well is what matters. Good interpersonal skills and being a master of all trades matter in work-life.communication skills

Strong interpersonal skills are helpful for the employee to know his colleagues and bosses in the new office in a proper manner. Being able to communicate with both the parties is what helps keep smooth communication and ultimately helps each employee to execute his duties well.

Ask your seniors or colleagues when in doubt:

Clear your doubts and the questions clouding you about any issue related to work. It is better to ask and clear the doubts rather than assume things. As it is rightly said, “It is better to ask and clear your doubts, rather than come across as dumb by keeping quiet.Ask your seniors

It’s completely okay to ask questions about the many things one doesn’t know related to the office owing to being new on the job. Again, not knowing every darn detail is absolutely normal being a freshman in the office.

Meet your deadlines on time:

It is absolutely essential to follow this tip to the tee for gaining status of a star employee in the office. Employees who follow deadlines and are people who take their work commitments very seriously are always priced by their bosses.Deadlines

Likewise, set targets and see that you adhere to them, come what may. Trying to make your boss’ life easier by following the deadlines, and submitting reports on time may help making the boss’s work easier. Just doing your work properly and precisely in a mistake-free fashion guarantees you get noticed by the bosses.

Organize activities in the office:

Organizing recreational activities in the office whenever the need arises is akin to a stress-buster. Doing so only helps in diverting one’s mind from the tiring work. Also, taking off a few minutes from work helps the person to return to work with a refreshed mind and body.Office activities

Making others participate in such activities could help bring out the hidden talents. And also help you show off your event planning skills.

Do not waste your time in unproductive activities:

There are perhaps countless times that you have decided to start working on something and it doesn’t really gain initiation because some other activity takes up your attention.Unproductive Activities

Similarly, do not while away your time in meaningless gossips about anybody or anything which isn’t related to your work. Instead, focus all of that attention on completing your work and gain the satisfaction of having completed your work efficiently.

Make use of pen and paper for recording details:

Even if you aren’t a pen and paper person, get into the habit of taking down details in meetings and training sessions. Committing everything to memory isn’t feasible as everyone doesn’t have an elephant’s memory. To top it, committing things to memory may only cause you to forget tiny details, which may or may not be really that important.Paper Pen

Recording details on a notepad allows you the liberty to refer it in the future, if necessary.

Maintain a positive disposition:

It is important to maintain a positive and happy persona howsoever difficult the work gets. After all, no one likes to work with a sad person, ready to crack up even under pressure.Positive

They say, “cry and the world will leave you, smile and the world smiles with you.” A sunny disposition helps you conquer the world and also keep the world in a joyous mood. Maintaining a positive and happy mood in the office is directly proportionate to the work the boss is able to squeeze out from his employees.

Be willing to put in efforts for the company:

Chipping in to help the company in times of its’ need is a very important trait an employee can inculcate. Doing the tasks irrespective of his own job description is a very valued characteristic any employee can have.

This quality helps the employee to heighten his credibility and worth to the company. He would be looked upon for being valuable to the company over a person who just does what is expected of him and packs off for the day. Putting in efforts more than what are required could also improve chances of promotion for the employee.

Starting a new job is just like exploring an exciting theme park. You get to learn new aspects as you progress further inside. Being able to shift the useful information from the useless ones is paramount while doing so. Becoming a star employee shouldn’t be the sole aim of any employee. Being able to function properly and to be of value to the company irrespective of your job description is important. It is not only important that you deliver what you are expected to but do a bit more of what is expected of you. Ultimately, you will get noticed if you perform well.

How to Adjust at a New Workplace?

No matter how vast your professional experience is; or how many employers you’ve worked with, getting into a new job is daunting.

Yes, professionals who have been working for number of years, may feel a little more confident and prepared as compared to their less experienced counterparts. However, they just can’t deny the fact, that they too feel, a little unsettled for a couple of days. And for those who do not possess long working experiences, the situation is further difficult. Perhaps they spend few months in getting acquainted to the new environment.new workplace

However, the point is for how long can you stay unprepared?!

It’s all about portraying the best of your abilities before employers. And that starts from the first day itself. You spent a complete month in settling down and there’s your coworker ready to grab or rather snatch the spotlight that could’ve shone upon you.

So do you think that before landing a new job you need to make some preparations? The answer needs to be Yes.

Can you not just go back to the time when you were “preparing” to begin your professional life? Or the day you landed your first job? Or, the first day at work? You had “prepared” for all these, isn’t it? Then why not now?

So lets gear up and learn how to handle new jobs and their related problems.

Know how to adjust to a new job and new problems:

Well, getting into a new job definitely brings fresh problems to sort out. It is a new platform and even though you may use previous experiences to resolve many issues here; that’s not enough. You still need to learn many things and traverse through a world; completely new and unexplored. And more importantly, you need to do be quick. So an easiest way to go about it, is to read these tips below:

Prepare like its your first job ever:

New job is very similar to your first job. And if you can retain few of your traits as a fresher; you will just land yourself in your employer’s good books. Handling problems will not be that difficult.first job

You definitely remember the first day of your professional life. If not all, do maintain a similar approach now as well. After all you are a new employee in a new workplace.

Frequent visitors perhaps have read my blog entitled Things to do on the first day at work. Those who have not can still do it. Therefore, not going into much detail; some key points that you need to remember are; being punctual, keen at learning new things, never hesitate while seeking help etc. This will definitely help you to impress your new employers.

Once you have build that impression, handling problems at new workplace will not be very difficult.

Get over it:

One primary reason that professionals find adapting to a new workplace extremely strenuous is because they are unable to wrap up their previous professional life.Get over it

Perhaps, you definitely made a good position there. You had a good friend circle, a supportive boss and efficient subordinates. However, it is your past and obviously your own decision to switch.

Therefore, just get over it and start afresh. You will definitely reach the same position only if you try. And the day you start working towards it from scratch, you will definitely make it. Who knows this new workplace and job will take you to highest levels of success; much more than what you expect.

Know all your tools:

All said and done, you will need to perform well. And the sooner you showcase your skills, the better it is!know your tools

Even though you have qualified all interview sessions and thus earned this position; you will have loads to learn and adapt to. Therefore, during your initial days, try to know what else is needed to handle all responsibilities efficiently.

For this purpose, you may talk to your superiors elaborately. If you are too lucky to know that there is nothing in this list; don’t be in a hurry to celebrate. Brush up all that you know and remain focused. Remember, you will be under high supervision in the first few weeks and if you can impress all with your spell bound performance, you have nothing much to worry about!

Small and Quick wins:

Initially, do not begin with a quest of conquering the whole world. Look for small easy and quick wins.small winsSay you get started with a small project and complete it before scheduled time. Or else, if you have been assigned to manage a small team of professionals, try motivating them so that you can yield better results together. They may atleast find you better than their previous boss. And that’s definitely a small and significant win.

Now, these early achievements are not only important to create impressions. They are equally important to boost your confidence and keep you going in your new workplace.

Well, when you are trying your best to sink into a new workplace, don’t strain yourself too much. It’s just fine if it takes a little longer. New things are awkward and transitioning is definitely a process that consumes time. Only when you are not trying to justify your own decisions you may land yourself into bad water. Therefore, start from the first day itself. And trust me you will never have to look back.

Challenges are a part of life and until you are ready to take some calculated risks; you get stagnant in that old monotonous life; be it professional or personal. So now that you have walked a few miles forward; don’t look back. Things may be a little rough in the beginning; however, if you can hold on, you will definitely achieve all that you want.

Things to Consider on First Day at Work

The first day stories are always very special. Don’t we remain ever excited listening to our “first day at school stories?” And of course, “first day at college stories” are way different from that of the school. While school stories are filled with innocence; college days are spiced up with class bunks, romance, and a number of career options that confuse us.First Day at Work

However, eventually we decide on choosing specific career paths and work to land desired job roles. Now, landing on your own feet is not as easy as you may presume it to be on your first day at college. It takes huge efforts to build a promising career. Scoring high grades, building crystal clear concepts, working on soft skills and of course framing good resumes are all part of your preparation. You are done with these and still find loads to work on and improve.

And then one fine day, you are just there with an offer letter that reads out your name. All your career goals now seem to have a proper direction. You have taken your first step on your corporate ladder. However, every end marks the beginning of another story. Just as an offer letter in hand marks the end of your journey towards landing your first job, it initiates a new journey – preparation to sustain on the job front and reach greater heights of success.

Pleasant beginnings lead to pleasant endings. This is something true in every phase of our lives. Building perfect first impressions may not be of great significance in our school; however, they are extremely important for our professional lives. Be it your first day of professional life, or your first day at a new organization, you need to set great first impressions.

Therefore, today our discussion revolves around things we need to do on our first day at work. And here you go:

Reach early:

While you are always expected to reach at the workplace on time, you need to be before time on your first day at the office. Just the day before you join a new organization, spend your time exploring different routes that lead to your workplace. If you are unfamiliar with the route, it is advised that you may even commute to the place during peak hours. This will help you to estimate the exact time you will require to reach the place next day.Reach early

Now, once you are there at your office premises, check your watch. If you are too early, that is you reach 15 minutes earlier than the scheduled time, do not be in a hurry to be the first one in the office. Wait for others to arrive, and then you may proceed towards the entrance along with your coworkers. This has an added advantage. What is that? It gives you an opportunity to introduce yourself to new colleagues in a slightly informal manner.

Preparing a formal speech for an informal introduction:

Now, you may have the first glance of your colleagues in the parking zones, elevators or just at the front gate. Your impression building session starts there and then. Your coworkers are meeting you for the first time and therefore, these short meetings need to be pleasant as well as impressive.informal introduction

Therefore, have a brief idea about things you would share with coworkers for the first time. Take initiative to introduce yourself. Mention your name along with the designation for which you have been hired. Wear a smile and be confident. Be attentive if they introduce themselves. And be very quick to catch up with the names of your colleagues. Do not give them a chance where they will need to reintroduce themselves. If you do, you have enrolled your name in their bad books.

Again, some of your coworkers may take an interest in knowing about your previous job roles or organizations. Be prepared to provide a short, clear, and crisp description of the previous job role that you have handled.

Do not be shy and seek help when needed:

On your initial days at work, you are not expected to be a leader. Rather, you need to be a quick learner and an obedient follower. Therefore, do not be shy in seeking help from others. Feel free to ask questions when you are not very sure about few things explained. This shows your eagerness to learn and achieve perfection. However, just to prove your interest, do not put forth too lame questions that your recruiter may have a second thought on his/her decisions of choosing you from the lot.seek help when needed

The HR personnel are going to conduct an orientation session on your first day at work. This session is to introduce you to the company work culture and its motto. You will be told about the work ethics, and company norms and regulations. Be very alert while you are informed about these. If necessary, you can even make notes during the orientation session and never fail to attend the session even if it may appear to be a little repetitive.

Do not pretend and be relaxed:

Although the entire discussion illustrates particular ways of projecting yourself in the best possible manner, do not over stress to inculcate things that actually do not relate to your inner self. Good mannerism, enthusiasm, positive energies are things that come from within. You cannot pretend; however, you can try to inculcate these qualities within yourself, only when you believe that they are significant. Be relaxed and be yourself. Your coworkers should not see you as a completely different person after a month’s time.

Leave office a little late:

As you need to show up early in the office on your initial days at work, you also need to leave a little later. Be the last one to leave the office, so that you get some additional time to spend with your colleagues as you proceed to the parking slot together. Here is where you can somehow get to know about their impression about you. You also get a better feel of the office culture.Leave office a little late

Apart from these above-mentioned tips, dressing in a professional attire, appreciating other employees who had extended their help are all good professional etiquettes to follow. Make your first day a memorable and cherished moment of your life. These were some suggestions that can help you make some great impressions of your first day. You can also come up with your own techniques that you can implement on your first day. As they say, a journey begins only when the first step is taken. And if that is taken in the right direction, you can be assured about having a pleasant journey.