How to be Successful in Your First 90 Days

Cover the Basics

Of course, it goes without saying that you need to be dependable- show up on time, come in early, stay late and offer to cover extra shifts. As the new person on the team, you need to demonstrate your commitment. Your flexibility is key here. Be willing to help others out when needed.

Pick up the Slack

Do your required work (and then some) Put in the extra time to do more than what the task requires and always double check your work for accuracy. Then volunteer for extra projects. Are there projects that need to be completed but no one wants to tackle? Or no one has time to manage? Volunteer to take it over. Make sure you are seen as the go-getter who others can depend on.

Request Feedback

Ask for feedback early and often. Especially in the beginning when you are learning a new culture, new policies, and objectives, you don’t want to assume that you are on the right track- ask. Ask for feedback from your boss, from your clients and from your co-workers. Then make a plan to put what you learn into action.

Communicate the Right Way

Communicating well is key but it needs to be in a format that works well for your boss and your team. Does your boss prefer email updates, a quick phone call or to sit down in-person? It may depend on the situation but understanding their preferred method and style is important. This can be as easy as just asking their preferred method, but you will also be able to see this based on the method they use the most often and how you see others interact with them.

Ask for Kudos

This can be difficult for many of us. If you are working with a manager on a project and they are happy with the work, you have done- ask them to let your boss know. Either directly or by sending an email. Feedback from managers and clients who you support can be unbelievably valuable. Even feedback from co-workers is beneficial. Don’t be afraid to ask others to speak up on your behalf.

Build Alliances

This may be one of the most important aspects of being successful in a new role. It has been said that we only need 3 great allies at work. 3 people who like and understand our work and who would be willing to vouch for us. This good PR goes along ways. Who are your allies?

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