May 8, 2006
News & Opinion: For New Hires: Sink or Swim Week 1
Each week of Sink or Swim has a different theme. The theme for the first week is Case The Joint. Its week one and it may feel like you are observing alien life on planet Zargon. Welcome aboard! As a new employee your mission is to get oriented as quickly as possible to your new environment. This includes seeking out and making sure you have the basic tools to do your job. While this may sound obvious, if you dont take the initiative you might find yourself wasting time waiting for things to magically appear. In addition you will need to focus your attention on the following:
- Establish your routine: In the name of time management you will want to make sure that you have predictability in getting to and from work.
- Gather information regarding your job and company: You got the job now its time to find out what you got yourself into.
- Familiarize yourself with your co-workers and team processes: Take the initiative to say hello and career stunting blunders by asking questions and observing co-worker interactions.
- Observe the culture of your organization: Its not just in a Petri dish; every organization has a unique culture and to thrive you will need to decipher your surroundings.