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10 Tips for Being the New Employee
You thought finding a place to sit in the cafeteria as the new kid or struggling to make friends in a new environment was over when you graduated high school--boy, were you wrong. Kids might grow up, but there are still cliques: mean girls, bullies, the cool lunch table.

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Research your environment

Sometimes you'll be able to get a sneak peek of what to expect. You might be able to find company videos, YouTube channels. or helpful blogs and forums to prepare you for your firs...

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Smile and ask questions

You're going to enjoy punching the clock much more if you genuinely like the people around you. 

Get started on the right foot by being friendly. People like peop...

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Practice saying yes

You might feel overwhelmed, but as a newbie always say yes if someone asks you for coffee, to lunch, to volunteer on a project or just about anything else. 

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Don't complain

Take initiative, look into why things are done the way they are, and take everything as a learning experience. You need to master the field before you start making suggestions.

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Respect everyone

It doesn't matter where you are in the pecking order or where anyone else is. Treat everyone with the same high level of respect, from the entry-level employee to the CEO. You neve...

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Give 110 percent

As a newbie, you need to work harder than anyone else. You need to prove you want to be there, you like to be there, and you'll give it your all.

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Repeat everyone's name

Make it a point to repeat everyone's name after introductions, and address them by name whenever possible. You need to drill those monikers into your head.

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Appreciate company quirks

You might not "get" the weird birthday song yet or why Friday night happy hours are always at the same bar but go along with it. Traditions are important, and giving them a fair...

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The SOP is your bible

Chances are your predecessor spent a long time putting together that handbook of Standard Operator Procedures. 

Learn it, memorize it, and live it. It's your cheat sheet...

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Offer to help

It doesn't matter if it's carrying files to storage or helping a co-worker with a spreadsheet. If you can help in any way, do so. That's where teamwork is born.

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Stay positive

While you may be thrilled to take this next step in your career, transitioning into a new position is likely to come with a few obstacles.

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Find your routine

Returning to work might initially be a challenge in terms of finding your footing with your new tasks. 

Actively attempting to build and manage a routine will allow you to increase your efficiency and effectiveness, as well as create a sense of normality.

Immerse yourself in company culture

Fitting in at a new job often means observing the overall culture of the company and adapting. 

Openly embrace the culture of your new company by making the office norms your new habits.

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Use the Chameleon Effect

When you lack motivation, sit next to a focused co-worker you don't know that well. This will help you because:

  • You feed off the other person's concentration: we tend to copy the ...

Find An Accountability Partner

Imagine how you could transform your relationship with your vendors for example (accountant, lawyer, employees, etc.) by becoming accountability partners.

Pre-commit

Do it especially when you know you're going to procrastinate. This means:

  • That you have to decide what you're going to do. Be clear about the timing of your tasks.
  • That you have to plan when and where you're going to do it.

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Remote-first Mindset

Accept that you have to put in place remote work systems, even if more than half of your employees ultimately revert to office-based work.

  • If done right, a remote-first infrastructu...

Build a socially-connected culture

Intentionally design for the same interactions that would otherwise happen if people were in the office.

  • Culture is what naturally happens when a group of people gets together for any period.
  • A great culture happens with intentional design and influence. It's the reason you should make your company's mission, vision, values, operating principles, standards, and agreements visible. 
  • Culture is experienced through emotions, including how your employees feel about the company, you, other leaders, and peers. That feeling is developed through human interaction at the water cooler, kitchen, or hallway conversations.

Your leadership presence

Your people need to feel your presence as a leader as they will have fewer opportunities to see you face to face when they work remotely.

  • Regularly show up in a variety of forms that can include weekly video meetings, periodic company-wide emails, or presence in public channels.
  • Err on the side of more communication rather than less.

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