Impressing Your New Boss | Manpower

How to Impress Your New Employer

You’ve got the job. The hard part is over. Or is it just beginning?

In your first few days on the job, you’ll meet a lot of people. You may not remember them, but they’ll remember you and the impression you made. And, first impressions often turn into long-term perceptions and reputations. Fortunately, there are actions you can take to impress your new employer and co-workers, and kick-start your success.

Come Ready To Work

  • Avoid/minimize personal business. Use your lunchtime or scheduled breaks to take care of personal tasks such as shopping online or making personal phone calls.
  • Establish a good attendance record.
  • Come in early and stay a little later — at least until you get a feel for your work environment.

Make a Smooth Transition

  • Learn names and roles quickly. Keep a resource list to help you remember names and roles.
  • Be a team player willing to help out. Your flexibility and concern for team success will be appreciated.
  • Learn about your environment. Talk with co-workers about general guidelines and the “unwritten rules.”
  • Read company literature and policies. Learn the rules and regulations and adhere to them.

Show Initiative

  • Know what’s expected of you. Make Make a plan for 30, 60 and 90 days that includes your goals, skills to learn, people you should meet and projects to complete.
  • Get to know your manager. Learn about his or her work style, and the most effective ways to communicate and interact.
  • Stay organized. Use whatever system you need — lists, filing systems, project plans, etc., to stay on top of your workload.
  • Ask questions. No one expects you to know everything immediately, and it’s better to ask for help rather than make errors based on assumptions.
  • Ask for feedback. Get input and guidance from others to make sure you’re progressing in the right direction.

Earn Your Co-Workers’ Respect

  • Practice the 80/20 rule. Listen 80% of the time and talk 20%.
  • Disagree without being disrespectful.
  • Be sensitive, especially when you make changes. Show you value the time and energy others have put into the work.
  • Be positive. Everyone wants to work with someone who has a great attitude. Bring enthusiasm to work every day.

With these tips in mind, you’ll earn the trust and support of your manager and co-workers starting your first day on the job.