Friday, November 19, 2010

Mexican proverb...

There is a Mexican proverb that says, "A good rooster crows in any chicken coop."

Quite often we begin a new endeavor with alot of trepidation and self doubt.

First Congratulations! You’ve been hired!

It doesn't have to be stressful or overwhelming. 

With all the excitement that comes from getting a new job, too often we forget to prepare for our new livelihood (I dislike the word job).

To ensure your success it’s important to make a good first impression and set the tone from here on out.

Know the dress standards and if ever in doubt ask what the requirements are.

I've had to send two people home over the many years I've managed folks.

Don't be one of them.

Even if there is no formal dress code, be sure dress professionally the first week and get a feel for what everyone else is wearing.

Never try something more casual before knowing for sure.

I have been a part of many types of companies - where we had to were uniforms, full business and business casual attire and at the other end of the spectrum a much more laid-back jeans and polos one.

Much like the cologne or perfume rule for interviews, the same rules applies about not wearing over powering perfumes, colognes, or after-shaves.

There are some people that have allergies to scented items and will be made very uncomfortable by your wearing them.

Always come prepared with pen in hand.

There will be paperwork to be completed so whatever you do don’t forget your pen.

I always used that as an early indicator of someone who will be less attentive to detail and even careless.

So don't waste their time or yours tracking down someone else’s pen to use. 

Make sure you do not forget your access card into the building, or a punch card for the time clock. 

You want to appear prepared and have everything you need to succeed the minute you step through their doors.

One thing people don't do often enough is ask enough questions.

I expect you to!

Remember as soon as training is underway, even if you’re already an expert in your field you’re likely to have questions about the processes and the  procedures.

Don’t hesitate to ask whatever your questions are. 

If your trainer, manager or colleague is going too fast request politely that they slow down or even repeat whatever specific information you aren't clear on.

There's nothing worse than to ask about a certain procedure now than, say after you’ve worked there for a month. 

Always take notes.

Whether it is in the orientation, during your training or at an important meeting, make sure you're taking thorough notes.

Nothing impresses an employer more than to have a new employee take their work seriously.

As more and more companies loosen their boundaries regarding Internet surfing and I-phone use and texting, remember it’s still bad manners to log on for purposes other than work at a new job.

Maybe in time you may find it is acceptable to surf or text.

Early on make sure to not get off on the wrong foot just because you want to check your e-mail or a new text. 

I would also reccomend that you put your cell phone on vibrate. 

Some companies prefer that you don't receive personal calls, especially of a non-emergency nature while you're working.

So explain to your loved ones, friends and family that you’ll be indisposed and have them leave you a message instead.

You can always call them back during a break or lunch time or when you arrive home.

I always say pace yourself and don’t try to work too fast in your new role. 

Initially I would have someone check your work especially when you’re first starting out just to make sure you’re doing it right.

Once you’ve learned the task you will naturally perform it much faster, so for now don’t try to impress everyone with your speed.

You will make less mistakes if you take your time and do a thorough job.

On the other hand don’t go so slow that you’re not keeping up with others in your area.

If you’re having trouble understanding a process, have someone explain it to you and show you how to do it.

If you’re still having trouble just take your time and catch up when you can.

If you can’t catch up, speak with your trainer and or your manager about an alternate assignment or longer time frame if that’s even an option.

Never refuse to perform a task that is within your job description or a reasonable request.

Although if you’re required to perform duties you are not yet qualified for or don’t understand ask for more specifics.

Any employer - employee relationship is about being paid fairly for the work that the employer needs you to do.

It is important that you stick to the agreement just as much as your employer.

If you demonstrate down the road that you are capable of more responsibility and your manager responds, than you will undoubtedly be rewarded.

When you first start off it is easy to want to please your employer by agreeing to take on more work, just make sure you aren’t taken advantage of.

I love competitive people!

But sometimes you have to check your competitive tendencies at the door.

You got the job so there’s no reason to start clawing your way to the top just yet. 

Some might feel threatened by new workers, so make the transition easy on them and just acclimate and be nice.

You may indeed become their equal in time and need their support for future success.

Stay positive and up beat.

Beginning a new career or livelihood can at times be exhausting and stressful.

Don’t let the chaos get you down.

Try and stay positive and upbeat whenever you’re around your new coworkers and manager.

Like they say "Fake it til you make it!"

Even if you feel drained, make sure you demonstrate an endless amount of energy so that they
see a productive and confident new addition to their team.

I believe in you!

And remember, "A good rooster can crow in any chicken coop!"

Make it a great dia!