Ask Questions

One of the most important things that you can do at your new job is to ask questions. Make sure you are in the know about how things work at your new company. In this article we will be looking at finding out common procedures, how and if performance reviews are given, and finding out the flexibility of the job.

What Are Common Procedures?

When starting your new job it is important to familiarize yourself with their procedures. Every company has specific ways of doing things. It is to your benefit that you learn them as quickly as possible so that you are not lagging behind in your work.

Ask questions about your company’s procedures. Don’t worry about who you ask – you can ask your manager, supervisor, fellow employees as they should all have some insight on how things are done around the office.Groups of co-workers discussing a project

One of the more important questions you may want to ask is how do people communicate here? Does the boss like communication in a formal manner (ie business emails cc’d to them)? Or, are they more relaxed and fine with you instant messaging them or even just giving them a call? Learning how to share your ideas and concerns will help you to thrive at your job.

How Do You Perform Reviews?

Being caught off guard at work is generally not a good thing, especially when it is by a review. Make sure you know your company’s policy of reviews. When are they? How often? etc. Also, make sure that you prepare for them. When should you start preparing for them? On the very first day. How should you prepare for them? Ask your manager what they are looking for. Do they want to see the numbers or are they more interested in your soft skills? Once you find out what they are you will not only succeed at the review but you will also succeed at your job.

If you find out that your company does not do reviews, you should plan to meet with your boss every 6 months and get a review (whether it be informal or not). It is important to know where you stand at your job. Are you succeeding at it in your boss’s eyes? Ask them what they see needing change. This will ensure a long healthy life at your job.

What Is The Flexibility For This Job?

Is your new job a 9-5 one? Does everyone shows up at 9 a.m. and everyone leaves at 5 p.m? Or, are you expected to stay late if work needs to be finished? Can you come in later the next day for having stayed later? Figure out if your boss is stickler when it comes to the schedule. Will you be able to duck out a few minutes early to pick up your kids, or the prescription from the pharmacy? How much vacation time can you expect? Is it appropriate to ask for more? Make sure you are familiar with your company’s (and your manager’s) policy on availability and flexibility.