5 Key Tips on Presenting Yourself in the Workplace
Feb 23, 2018
Walking into a new office can often be quite intimidating; the prospect of new colleagues, a new manager and a brand new role can all build up to become somewhat overwhelming. If it’s any consolation, know that you’re not alone.
We know how important it is to make a lasting first impression, in most cases your success in the company rides on it, which is why we’ve put together 5 key tips to help you walk into your new job like a boss!
(1) KNOW THE COMPANY
- Dress the Part
If you’ve been in the industry for a while, you’ll know what attire is appropriate but if you’re about to endeavour in something completely new (exciting!), make sure to get a little research in before you arrive for your first day. You’ll want to make sure you seamlessly fit in with your new team, and what you wear goes a long way to determine whether you’ve made a hit or a miss.
- Determine the Culture
Nowadays businesses focus a significant amount of their recruitment process seeking out a prospective employee that fits the company culture, so chances are if you’ve been hired you’ll fit in well. However, if you are feeling a little nervous, get in touch with the HR department beforehand or a colleague from the team you’ll be joining and find out more about the everyday business environment and overall beliefs and behaviours acceptable to the company.
- Discover the Company Goals
More than just finding out what the company’s short and long-term goals are, make sure to align them to your own goals in your new role and then actively pursue them. Keeping the overall business goals in mind will put you in good stead and set you up for success; if you can work to put the company in a good standing postion then you’ll automatically become an indispensable member of the team.
Make sure to use the interview process not only to make a great impression but to also find out as much about the company as you can. Take the lead from the general approach of your interviewer(s), request to take a walk around the office if you meet on site and make time to ask relevant questions in the interview that will help you understand the business a bit more.
(2) KNOW YOUR ROLE
- Check the Requirements
The first week of any job is usually dedicated to some sort of onboarding process, this is great, use this time to really get to know the requirements of your role. Check in with your manager and walk through the items listed on your original job description. Often you might find better clarity on certain aspects of your role or you may find that your manager requires you to prioritise on specific tasks in that given period.
- Discuss the Expectations
If you aren’t completely clear on a set target that needs to be reached, rather than work off the general assumptions of your role, discuss the expectations very clearly and ensure your work stays aligned with the results anticipated by your manager.
- Report Back
As you settle into your new role or new job, use the first few months to fine tune your workflow strategy by setting up regular reporting session with your manager. Reporting is helpful in many ways for the employer as well as the employee. These meetings are a great opportunity to highlight areas you’re excelling in, as well as any concerns or failures you may be experiencing in your role. These reviews also go a long way to show accountability for your role and contribution to the company.
(3) MINIMISE TIME SPENT ON YOUR SMARTPHONE
This one sounds like quite an obvious tip, but you’d be surprised at how much of the work day many of us spend subconsciously scrolling down our social news-feeds (guilty!). It’s usually not a big deal to check your phone every now and then, after all social media is the best platform to receive live news and inspiration from, but, if not closely monitored you may find much of your work day unaccounted for. If for any reason you find yourself with a moment to spare, take a productive break away from your work to refresh and clear your mind or look for an interesting project around the office you might like to contribute to.
(4) MAKE FRIENDS
Unless you’re a door-to-door salesperson, it’s likely that you’re going to spend at least 70% of your work day communicating or at least bumping into the same people for months (possibly years) to come. Making friends at work goes a long way to ensuring an overall pleasant experience of the job at hand. Really get to know people, their roles and what makes them tick. And, if you’re the gregarious type you can even go as far as meeting up with your colleagues outside of the normal work hours and get the added benefit of having a workmate turn into a lifelong friend.
(5) WORK LIKE A BOSS
Be committed to the cause. Your work is helping to build or sustain a business in some way or another, take pride in your contribution and put in the effort that will optimise your role. Take some time to go through and understand the mission, values and vision of the company and try incorporate them into the way you do your job! Going the extra mile does not go unnoticed and will always benefit you and any future roles you may undertake.