The Best Handful of Tips 48 – Starting a New Job
Tread softly when you begin working in a new organisation. You will be watched and judged from the day you arrive especially if you are moving into a leadership role.
You can move into the new role smoothly and lay the foundation for a supportive hard-working team by following these five tips.
The five best tips when joining a new organisation
Select an experienced personal assistant
You need someone within the organisation to alert you to traditional procedures and to tell you the history and the politics of the business.
If you are not moving into a leadership role make friends with an old-hand, someone with experience who knows all the ropes.
Establish a rapport
Your first major task is to establish a rapport with the senior staff and influential workers.
Move around the workplace and chat to staff to get their thoughts and opinions on their jobs and about the organisation. Be friendly and humble. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and listen with care.
First win respect
If you have been brought in to make changes, if they are necessary, don’t be in a hurry. Consult the team leaders and the influential staff before considering changes.
Change is an unnatural act. Powerful forces are at work to avoid it so take your time and win respect. There is usually a reluctance to change.
First establish a rapport with the staff. Where did they come from? Where did they school? Listen to their opinions and suggestions and ask the ‘what’, ‘why’, ‘when’, ‘where’, ‘how’, ‘who’ and ‘how much’ questions. This all takes time but people like to be listened to. They like to share their experiences and knowledge .
When you introduce new ideas, involve staff and let them discuss the changes and put forward their ideas. You will get greater acceptance if they believe some of the changes were their ideas.
Share your vision with staff and encourage honest feedback
Set up effective two-way communication systems.
Keep staff informed of proposed changes and why they are necessary. When they understand the need for change and they can see the advantages they are more likely to support you.
Explain clearly, what’s in it for them?
Improve working conditions
As soon as possible upgrade any working conditions you believe would make life easier for people. You will find this will give you greater support when you initiate major changes.
To gain early support target a few projects where you can achieve success quickly. Nothing succeeds like success.
There are four keys to success – tenacity of purpose, what you know, who you know and the necessary resources.”
“Nothing is permanent, except change.”
Source: “Secrets for New Managers” Moss Associates Ltd, New Zealand and Cengage Learning Asia, Singapore. Also available as an e-book from Cengage Learning and Amazon.com. Mainly articles published in “Today’s Manager” the bi-monthly magazine of the Singapore Institute of Management.