The First 100 days in your new job

How to ensure that the impression you made at interview remains with you and improves during your first 100 days. Will you be going on to better things?

During the first three to four weeks in your new job, carry a notebook with you and jot down details of everything that seems different from the way you previously worked.

The reason for writing things down is because after around 21 days you will feel that all these strange things are quite normal. It has to do with replacing habits (see previous notes).

There will be some things that are better, there will be a lot of similarities, there will be some things which are worse and, frankly, you’ll spot some really weird and crazy things going on.

Don’t jump in too soon, pointing out “better” ways to do things unless you see something down right dangerous, in which case take it up immediately with your boss.

Walk around and talk to as many people as you can. You need to know who they are, what they do and, more importantly, where they stand in the pecking order. If you want to see them outside work to talk things over, do it in a group. Arrange lunch with a number of people and get to know them this way.

If your job puts you in charge of other people, make it a priority to get to know them. If  there isn’t a formal review system in place, set one up as soon as you can.  Get to know, quickly, how you affect their pay and conditions.

If you have a budget, find out what it is quickly. See how it’s been run over previous years, try and understand how it’s been used. Work out how you will use it and, if you can’t make it stretch, discuss it with the manager in charge.

Be prepared to listen to other people, this may be the first chance they’ve had of expressing themselves. Don’t make promises you can’t fulfil. Where you later use an idea heard in these conversations, make sure you credit the source. 

When you started the job you may have been told about a “review” date. If you haven’t, politely ask your boss for a meeting about four to six weeks into the job and make sure he sticks to it.

Talk through with him things you have found which could be improved and find out if there is a reason why they can not be altered.  Be prepared for company politics coming into play, “We’ve always done things this way because that’s how they were set up originally and it would offend the owners of the company if we were to alter things”.

Make your own plans about where you want to be within the business. Keep a “good boy” file, in which you record all your successes. Beware, though, of taking on too much. If you are too busy say, ” Hey, that sounds like a great idea. I’m up to my eyes, right now, when can I get back to you?”. And make sure you do.

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