5 things to do when you join a new team - The Performance Room
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When you’re starting out working with your new colleagues, be yourself. Don’t put on an act.
Show them you’re human and making some well-intended efforts to start off on the right foot so that all of your skills, knowledge, and expertise can be shared with increasing passion and confidence as you work together more.
Having applied for the job, you probably know a good amount about the business anyway, but it often helps to do some more homework.
Find out about the history, philosophy, and values that have built the company you’re now part of.
Really enjoy finding out everything you can about your new culture.
Simply show your passion for working with your new team by finding out what it really means to be part of the team and the business.
In our eagerness to impress in a new role, it’s very common to set really unrealistic goals about how much we’re going to achieve in the first few months.
Set some short term personal and work goals which will help to increase your confidence.
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Chances are you’re being hired to fill a void and address current challenges that have been highlighted to you.
Do not make the mistake of coming to the table with a pre-determined plan...
Before you can formulate the correct course of action, you’ll need to learn all aspects of the business quickly.
Sit in on as many calls and meetings as you can, and don’t be shy about doing so. Make sure that the team understands that you’re doing it for learning purposes only, so your actions aren’t misconstrued as micromanaging.
Give yourself time to notice patterns, and ensure that the changes you make address real problems and not one-off happenings.
Making too many changes too quickly, especially when it comes to making cuts, may scare the strong players away and lead your team to be guarded with you. Ensure that key stakeholders who brought you onboard are aware of your approach.
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Design your hiring process with remote candidates in mind. Look for 3 main things:
Remote workers won’t have the opportunity to be involved in spontaneous conversations or team lunches, but there are other things you can do to help them settle:
Remote workers need a dedicated, quiet space to do their work, so it’s important to set some guidelines:
They can still work from a coffee shop every once in a while, but they need a good default setup.
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.... while nearly 50% are involved with remote or virtual team work.
This continuing shift calls for a new range of behaviors and skills.
The best way for managers to drive team performance is by focusing on reducing affinity distance.
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