Joining A New Team?

Business-Team-Of-Three-Reviewing-Project-Plan.pngThey say that working with people is one of the most difficult things to do and, you know what, it´s true! We all have a certain way of seeing things. But that is the beauty of it all. Getting to know people around you, your colleagues, learning how each of them works and what their likes and dislikes are, are the first steps to a successful professional relationship.

Many new employees struggle through their first team meeting while others breeze through with confidence. The overall experience is highly dependent on the process one follows when first joining a new team.

Over the years I have had the opportunity to talk with managers, past employees and had conversations with them on how they managed to transition to a new team or department. I want to share with you some of the things you can do when joining a new team to help you have a great relationship with your colleagues and boss.

Connect with your new manager and teammates early and often

  • Meet with your new manager to understand what they look for in each employee and learn what actions annoy them the most.
  • When meeting with your new teammates learn about their role, what they are passionate about, and identify ways of how to best work together.
  • If possible meet with team members of the teams your group partners with on a consistent basis because in the future when things get busy or hectic they will respond to your request (people tend to respond quicker to those they already have a relationship with).

Be responsible
There are no good or bad tasks. There are just tasks you are assigned to do and tasks you are not. For you, this means you get the chance to show how good you are!

During a project you can ask your manager for more responsibility. If they think you can handle it, you´ll get it. Basically nobody is waiting for you to learn how to do something. You´ll have to learn on the way.

So, if you want to get noticed, you have to be smart about it. Do an excellent job, take on small tasks but with greater responsibility, help a co-worker, learn the pace and finish your tasks before anyone else. This also means you´ll have to put in more hours than anyone else. But hey, nobody said it was going to be easy!

I know you are eager to prove you are the best of the best, I know there are things you can improve in your company, but everything in this life takes time, you have to learn to be patient, you have to observe what happens around you and then show how you can contribute.

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