26 Nov 2018, 20:33

How To Hit The Ground Running In Your New Office Job

Most people dread the idea of starting a new office job - but the anticipation is often much worse than the reality. And, if you know a few skills and tricks to use, you can really hit the ground running from Day One in your new career.

“There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” - Indira Gandhi

Here are some things to be mindful of in those first few days and weeks after you start out in any new office job...

Ask Questions - Frequently But Strategically

It’s okay to ask questions...

In fact, it’s great to ask questions!

Don’t think of it as shining a spotlight on the things that you don’t know. Think of it instead as showing a willingness to learn at all times.

It’s much better to ask questions so that you complete tasks correctly rather than second guessing everything and messing things up.

Of course, don’t overdo it and just ask questions for the sake of it or you risk annoying your co-workers and bosses from day one. But, strategic questions are nothing to be afraid of - so ask away!

Network With As Many Colleagues As Possible

Speaking of co-workers - try to get to know as many of them as possible.

Of course, you should start out by getting to know the colleagues from your own department, but don’t think you stop there. Network and socialise with people from other departments and they will be much more inclined to help you on cross-department tasks.

Spread your support system as far and wide as possible and you’ll be planning for success rather than failure.

Solve Problems That Need Solving

Are there any tasks around the office which aren’t getting completed efficiently?

Maybe you have some previous experience or skills which would solve these problems. If so, then don’t be afraid of speaking up and letting people know the best way to complete these tasks.

Maybe you have spreadsheet experience which could take hours off certain tasks. Or maybe you have photo editing software background which could really make the company’s branding stand out.

Again, as with asking questions, don’t overdo it. Some people won’t respond well if you tell them they are doing things wrong. It’s all about communicating in the right manner to boost productivity in the office without showing off.

Don’t Be The Office Sponge

Now that you are a famous problem solver and thinker in the office, you will need to learn to say ‘No’ sometimes.

Don’t let your colleagues take advantage by dumping every little task on you as the ‘New’ boy or girl.

Set the boundaries of what tasks you are willing to do from early in your new job or you risk taking on too much and drowning in work which was never in your job description in the first place.