Consider the following guidelines when when beginning a new position. These guidelines will ensure a positive experience for yourself as well as for the company you chose to work for.
‘on the job’ tips
- Be sure to be a few minutes early on the first day on the job to familiarize yourself with the office environment and routine. (up to fifteen minutes early is sufficient)
- Confirm dress code prior to first day on the job. If ever unsure of dress code it is better to be more corporately dressed.
- Maintain a positive attitude and outlook at all times. This will help you naturally turn problems into opportunities.
- Plan to have at least one or two relevant questions or statements to ask or comment on during the orientation or training session. This will confirm your interest in the role and the company in general.
- Come to the first day on the job with a pen and notebook to take notes on new details and general information. Ensure you are clear on any position details. Ask questions—don’t assume.
- Send a thank you card to the person that offered you the position. As mentioned in Part 1, in the internet age, this will certainly help you stand out in the long term.
- Be proactive – if you have completed your assigned work, ask for additional work.
- Respect company and employee confidentiality regarding any information you learn about the company, other employees’ salaries as well as your own. Compensation (your own or others) is to be held in strict confidence.
- If you feel that you ever experience unprofessional behaviour from a peer or manager consider the whole situation and any trends. Once you have done this, look to speak confidentially with the Human Resource Manager.
- It is not always easy being ‘the new guy’, but your positive outlook will always help you get through.
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We’re all guilty of it. We’re trying to do it all…
According to findings by onlinecollege.org, trying to focus on more than one thing causes a 40% drop in productivity.
Do you find yourself trying to multitask while at work? Check out this infographic below.
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Corporate culture is a term used to describe the beliefs, values, and processes that provide a company with its own unique flavor and attitude. It’s really about the attitude of everyone involved with the organization. Here are some nuggets of wisdom to share with your team.
“To be an enduring, great company, you have to build a mechanism for preventing or solving problems that will long outlast any one individual leader.” ― Howard Schultz
“A company’s culture is often buried so deeply inside rituals, assumptions, attitudes, and values that it becomes transparent to an organization’s members only when, for some reason, it changes.” – Rob Goffee
“If every day at work feels like a Friday, then you are doing what you were meant to do.”
― Alan W. Kennedy
“The word attitude doesn’t mean you should be committed and loyal to your supervisor. Attitude means dedicated, committed and more clinical to the work you do and the company you’re doing the work for.”
― Vivek Thangaswamy
“Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you’ve got.” – Peter F. Drucker
Looking back at past posts of this blog, we still find value in this post from 2 summers ago, and the timing couldn’t be better. These books are timeless, fast reads – perfect for summer.
I’ve chosen two books that I believe are perfect for summer reading. Both books are not your typical heavy business or career read; and the best thing – they can be read in a very short space of time. Isn’t that what summer reading is all about?
For the Manager: The Little Book of Coaching – Motivating People To Be Winners
Ken Blanchard, Author of the One Minute Manager, co-authored the Little Book of Coaching with Don Shula, former coach of the Miami Dolphins.
This is the perfect beach side book as it’s written so you can easily navigate through it and pick up at any point. It’s a series of key quotes and statements that associate with their acronym: C.O.A.C.H. This book has many inspiring ideas and stories that can be applied to both personal and business. I believe it is an essential read for anyone in a leadership or management role.
Career Reading: Johnny Bunko – The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need
New York Times best-selling author, Daniel Pink wrote this book in Manga format, so end to end this book should take no more than an hour. It’s visual format and strong messaging serves as the ultimate guide to take charge of your career that may actually help you get unstuck and start doing what really makes you happy and fulfilled. This book carries a universal message applicable to both those deeply into their career as well as for those just beginning.
I was talking with a friend of mine recently who brought up the topic of the corporate culture in her current workplace.
She said that every day she comes home from work, she just wants to “shower off her day”. For the past 2 years she has worked in an environment that does not make her happy. Why does she stay? She is a highly specialized C level employee where good jobs with her specific skill set are hard to find. She likes her job, she likes the actual day to day work that she does. But it is the work environment and culture that repels her. Unfortunately, the CEO of the company defines the culture, and therefore little can be done to change it. Most of the employees are in their early 20’s, and sadly, they are looking up to this CEO as an example of how people should treat each other in the workplace. Needless to say, my friend is on the search for a new job, but in the meantime, she feels stuck.
Great People Make A Great Company
It is known that great people make a great team and great teams can overcome huge obstacles. Companies that work hard to find the best team members to join them and work equally hard to provide a challenging and rewarding environment to motivate and bring out the best in them are setting themselves up for success. My friend feels that the company culture is being poisoned.
When a leader of a company believes that their business is about the people, it is their duty to foster that success. Building the relationships between those people builds the business. Losing incredible talent due to poor leadership will not make a company an employer of choice.
This short and concise TED Talk video beautifully breaks down the definition of leadership.
Derek Sivers encourages us to have the courage to follow, and show others how to follow.
“The first follower is actually an underestimated form of leadership in itself. … The first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader.”
I recall one time being in the passenger seat of a friend’s really nice car. We pulled up to the curb at our destination, and as my friend handed the valet the car keys, the valet asked, “Wow, what do you do to drive a nice car like that?” My friend’s answer was simple and to the point. “Work hard”.
“I learned the value of hard work by working hard.” ~ Margaret Mead
“Working hard is very important. You’re not going to get anywhere without working extremely hard.” ~ George Lucas
“I think that my biggest attribute to any success that I have had is hard work. There really is no substitute for working hard.” ~ Maria Bartiromo
“You really have to work hard and apply yourself and by applying yourself and working hard and being diligent, you can achieve success.”
~ Julie Benz
“The only way to get people to like working hard is to motivate them. Today, people must understand why they’re working hard. Every individual in an organization is motivated by something different.”
~ Rick Pitino
“Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”
~ Conan O’Brien