Source | INC :By Robin Camarote
The search for a new job can be brutal. For some, weeks of looking, applying, and interviewing can turn into months or even longer. Once you finally land the job and have a start date on the calendar, a sense of relief, optimism, excitement, and a little (or a lot) of anxiety often come next.
Onboarding new employees is critically important to both hiring organizations because there is a relatively short period of time to get the acclimated and productive–or risk losing them to another company. 50 percent of all voluntary turn-over happens within the first year and many of this moves are prompted by employees feeling like there is a better fit for them elsewhere.
However, getting new employees up-to-speed fast isn’t just the employer’s responsibility. Newly hired employees need to do their part to make the relationship with their leadership and team work. Too often, new employees make avoidable, irritating mistakes that can make it difficult to become “on of team.”
As a new employee, you know that through the application and interview process you only meet a handful of people. This likely includes a recruiter, a human resources representative, your manager, and if you’re lucky, a good cross-section of the team with which you’ll be working. You might meet three out of 10 of the people you’ll be working with day-to-day before you start. Smaller organizations often expand these introductions and increase the number to as much as seven out of 10. Either way, for most starting a new job, you walk in Day 1 not knowing many people and having to introduce yourself over and over again.
You know the important thing about first impressions is to be prepared and put your best self forward. You also know that the first couple of weeks are critical, getting as much understanding of the organization and the role as possible so that you can start producing the great work you were brought on to do. These new relationships and early contributions are so important to establishing your reputation that it’s no surprise that the entire experience can get a bit stressful.
A little bit of stress can be an advantage when you channel that energy properly. If left unchecked, it can grow into a distraction that takes you off-track fast and risks having a disappointing start to the new job you wanted so badly.