Upon beginning a new job, it can be challenging to figure out where you fit into your workplace mix.
Throughout my first month here at our marketing agency, I’ve learned that everyone from the office wallflower, to the eclectic writer, to the do-it-all PR guru – they can all play a role in helping you find your niche.
The true dynamic of lotus823 is an environment that not only welcomes but also promotes and inspires creativity and originality. It’s a paradise for the aspiring PR individual such as myself.
With that being said, there are always a few ways to make your transition a little easier. Here at lotus823, we call those simple steps to getting things done “lifehacks.” Along with some help from Laura Spencer, Thursday Bram, and some freelance writers, here is how to put your best foot forward in a new environment.
- “Listen carefully. If you’re doing most of the talking, something is already wrong. Whatever you do, don’t interrupt your contact while they are speaking. It’s okay to take notes. It shows that you are serious about the client and your contribution.”
- Be punctual in all that you do. Whether it is leaving the house an extra five minutes early, completing projects in the allotted time, or even just prepping for a meeting. Time is of the essence in any workplace. You do NOT want to waste their time or your own.
- “Write it all down. I realize that it may feel like you’re less prepared if you write down every piece of information your new coworkers and supervisors dispense, but having it in writing means that you won’t have to ask more than once.”
- “Be social. A new job is not the place to be shy. Most offices have at least some level of politics, and you aren’t exempt just because you’re the new guy or gal.” A smile is universal- start with that and coworkers will be more likely to engage in small talk.
- Make your desk your own. It will help you to feel more comfortable and provide you with an easier adjustment. Bring photos of family and friends, posters, or color-coordinate your sticky notes and coffee mug. Any way you do it, just keep it work-appropriate.
- Learn by doing. I’ve found that the best way to learn is to do it hands-on. Jump right into that project and give it your best shot. If you have questions, don’t be afraid to ask. Better to ask than to assume- this can help you avoid a major mishap.
- “Check in with your supervisor. Not all managers will go out of their way to tell you if you’re doing your job correctly. That makes it important for you to seek out that information on your own; especially when you’re first getting started and can change your approach. You never want to wait until your first performance review to find out just how well your supervisor actually thinks you’re doing.”
How do you put your best foot forward? Share your experiences with our marketing agency blogging team!