Change is uncomfortable, especially in the workplace. Any time you get a new job, transfer to a different location, or find yourself in a new environment that requires you to perform to a certain standard, you will undoubtedly be put under stress. But, stress or not, you are still required to perform at the level of everyone else. Here are three tips to help you transition into a new position and, maybe even more importantly, grow into the next one.
Get Your Voice Heard
There are plenty of times when an individual enters into a group and voices their opinion about how something should operate. While that person may be correct in their thinking, they will lack the credibility within that group to have their opinion heard. A group tends to dismiss new ideas from newly acclimated members.
In order to truly be heard and gain credibility within a group, you should first focus on performance. That is to say that you opinion doesn’t have to do with some ethical or legal wrongdoing of the company or members therein. Once the members of your new peer group see what kind of performance you can bring to the table, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you gain support of your ideas and solutions to problems.
Ask for Advice from People You Respect
In almost every organization, there is a mentor-ship structure. Some companies call them supervisors or team leaders. Some organizations call them mentors, “Big Brothers,” or “Big Sisters.” Whatever they’re called in your new work environment, that’s the first person you should lean on for advice and support. They’ve probably earned that position for a reason and you should get the advice where it is most readily available.
After you’ve gotten as much knowledge as possible from your “supervisor,” it might be time to find a mentor. It’s pretty simple. Just find someone you trust and admire and start building a relationship.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
While it may be important to “find your own groove,” going against your traditional habits and modes of operation is critical in the beginning stages of a new position. Unless you got hired directly into a management position with zero oversight, you’re going to need to do things the way that the company does them. Take this one step further though. Look to see what the top performer is doing and do what they are. Once you start achieving top results, you can then “find your own groove.”
In summary, making the most out of your new position comes down to one basic principle. You have to gain credibility and respect through work performance. Don’t just “talk the talk.” Become the top performer as quickly as possible. Once you do this, you’ll be able to sway group decisions, earn promotions, and command the respect of the people you work with.