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How to Get Up to Speed in a New Job

Starting a new job is exciting and can bring a sense of renewal and excitement to an individual’s career. It is also a time of new relationships and a time of learning.

Often times, when a person moves into a new role, their employer will have a formal onboarding process to help them get up to speed and become productive. The first three months of a job are often referred to as the probationary period and this is a time when the employee can decide whether they are a good fit for the position, but it is also a time when the company can assess their performance.

If you are new to a company, it is important to make a great impression. A positive, enthusiastic and hardworking attitude is key to building a great relationship with your managers and coworkers. This can be easily achieved by being punctual, taking initiative and being a team player.

In order to ensure that you are on track with your goals, it is a good idea to meet with your manager in person. This will allow them to go over any expectations you may have for your first days, weeks and months in the role and provide you with a clear picture of what success looks like.

Your manager may have already scheduled meetings for you to meet with your team members, but if they haven’t, it is a good idea to reach out and schedule some. You can use these meetings to learn more about your colleagues and the work they do and also get to know them in a more personal setting.

Getting up to speed in a new role can be overwhelming, especially when you have so many tasks on your plate. However, it is important to be patient and remember that if you are new to the industry or the company, it will take time for you to fully understand what your responsibilities are. It is also a good idea to keep your job description close at hand and review it regularly. This can help you stay focussed at a time when it can be easy to get lost.

It is important to set boundaries for yourself and make sure you take time out of the office to relax with family and friends and do things that you enjoy, so that you can return to work feeling recharged. It is also a good idea to schedule your week in advance and block out some time for work so that you can avoid being overworked in the beginning stages of your new role.

It can be difficult to remember the names of people in a large organization. It is a good idea to use tools like Slack, which will allow you to see the names of those with whom you are communicating, or to ask your manager for a list of everyone in the department. It is also a good idea to write down the names of coworkers who you have met so that you can refer back to them later.