Once you have been hired it is important for you to understand what your employer expects of you. It is also important to realize that employer expectations change over time. Since each job will be a little different from another one, here are some general guidelines to keep in mind when you start a new job.
|FIRST DAY AND FIRST WEEK
- Be on time, no excuses!
Being on time includes both showing up to work on time and taking only the allotted time given for breaks and lunches.
- Dress appropriately and be well-groomed every day.
Your appearance contributes to the impression you make. What does your wardrobe say about you?
- Make an effort to remember as many names as possible.
Although new employees aren’t expected to recognize and remember the full names of everyone they are introduced to during the first week of work, it is important to make an effort, especially the names of the coworkers in your immediate area and your supervisor.
- Listen closely and follow instructions.
New employees should expect to be supervised closely at first as they learn and develop new skills. You are also expected to ask questions if you do not understand.
- Work hard and be productive.
Remember that what you do during the first week will make an impression. Bad impressions are difficult to change.
- Know company policies.
- Know the majority of coworkers and the supervisory staff by name.
- Resist the temptation to gossip and repeat or take rumors seriously.
- Show an increase in your production and a decrease in the amount of supervision that you need.
- Find out what the company’s policy regarding performance evaluations is.
|TWO TO FIVE MONTHS
- Relationships and expectations change over time.
- Primary job responsibilities should be second nature.
- Be self-directed.
- Coworkers have different expectations of a peer after a “break-in” period.
- Complete your tasks in a timely manner and assist newly hired employees.
- Demonstrate your commitment to the company.
- Don’t develop a false sense of security.