People Behaviour: Making Your Mark in a New Job, with Finesse - KCA People

People Behaviour: Making Your Mark in a New Job, with Finesse

Starting a new job can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. As a newcomer, you want to make a positive impression and establish yourself as a valuable member of the team. However, it’s essential to strike a balance between demonstrating your capabilities and going over the top.  Understanding people’s behaviour in new roles is crucial for success. Let’s delve into some strategies on how to make your mark without overwhelming your colleagues.

Understanding the Dynamics:

Before diving into action, take some time to observe the workplace dynamics. Every organisation has its unique culture, communication styles, and expectations. Pay attention to how colleagues interact, the company’s values, and the unwritten rules. This understanding will guide your approach to integrating smoothly into the team.

Build Relationships:

Relationship-building is key to succeeding in any role. Take the initiative to introduce yourself to your colleagues, both within and outside your team. Show genuine interest in getting to know them and what they do in the business. Remember, building rapport takes time, so be patient and persistent in your efforts.

Listen and Learn:

While you may be eager to showcase your skills, remember to listen more than you speak, especially in the early days. Take the time to understand the processes, workflows, and challenges within your new position. Ask questions and seek clarification when needed. Demonstrating a willingness to learn and adapt will earn you respect from your peers and managers.

Identify Opportunities:

As you settle into your new role, keep an eye out for opportunities to contribute. This could involve volunteering for projects, helping overwhelmed colleagues, or proposing innovative solutions to existing problems. However, be mindful not to overwhelm yourself or others by taking on too much too soon.

Seek Feedback:

Feedback is invaluable for personal and professional growth. Don’t hesitate to ask for feedback from your manager and peers on your performance and areas for improvement. Constructive criticism is not a sign of weakness but an opportunity to refine your skills and approach.

Maintain Professionalism:

While it’s essential to be enthusiastic and proactive, it’s equally important to maintain professionalism in your interactions. Avoid coming across as overly eager or stepping on others’ toes. Respect boundaries, adhere to company policies, and always conduct yourself with integrity.

Strike a Balance:

Finding the balance between making an impact and going over the top can be challenging. Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a successful career. Pace yourself, set realistic goals, and prioritise tasks effectively. Focus on quality rather than quantity in your contributions.

In summary, starting a new job is an opportunity for your own personal growth and development. By understanding people’s behaviour and adopting a strategic approach, you can make a lasting impression without overwhelming yourself or others. Remember to listen, learn, build relationships, seek feedback, and maintain professionalism as you navigate your new role. With time and perseverance, you’ll carve out your place within the organisation and thrive on your career journey.

For help and advice on creating effective onboarding and induction programmes for new employees, contact Kirsty Craig at KCA People.

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