We all know that feeling we get when we join a company, meet new colleagues, explore new office surroundings and lastly meeting the CEO of the company you have joined. For some it can be really excited but for others the experience can be truly daunting. Here are some tips to create a great impression in your first week on the job:
1. Write down and learn everyone’s name and title
Sometimes we can get so caught up in the experience that we tend to forget people’s names. It is important to learn everyone’s name and title in order to build great rapport with the team from the first week. Don’t be shy and try to strike up conversations with your new colleagues to get insights into the business. This will help you establish trust and openness with the team.
2. Prepare and ask questions
In any business, it most likely that you will attend training. This is the perfect time to ask as many questions about the business as you can. Generally you trying to convey that you are interested and have a deep curiosity about the business. It shows that you are willing to learn and grow with the company and give your best to achieve desired results and improve business operations. Prepare both general and practical questions to ask.
3. Have a high energy and smile
First impressions always matter. Show colleagues that you are happy to join the team by smiling and displaying a high energy. Your positive attitude and ethic is what will be evaluated. Reach out to people and show that you are interested. Don’t say no to lunch – show that you are ready to mingle and be apart of the team.
A miscommunication can have a disastrous effect on your relationship. We as human beings tend to delete, distort or generalize the information that we are presented with. Let’s look at each of these concepts in more detail:
Delete – we delete the information that is not relevant to us. An example is when someone asks you to count all the red objects in the room. You automatically start looking around the room for only the red objects. Next, the person will ask you if you saw any yellow objects in the room. The answer would be “NO”, meaning that you were only focused on the red items and not the yellow ones. We delete the information that is not relevant to us in any situation.
Distort – information can be distorted when we add our own perceptions to the situation intentionally or unintentionally. As an example of this would be that the employer jokingly tells the employee that he is late every day. In the meantime, the employee misconstrues its meaning and thinks that the employer is singling him out because he doesn’t like him.
Generalize – when information is presented to us in such a way that we generalize. An example of this is: She works in process driven environment that is run by a team of German specialists. This statement may generalized as Germany may have a reputation for adhering to rules, driving organizational processes and structure. This may be generalized and apply to all Germans from Germany.
Now, let’s look at effective ways to communicate:
– Find the right time. Find the right time to talk about a certain subject that may be bothering you. Choose this carefully as you need to consider your state of mind. You should be relaxed and calm before tackling a difficult subject head on.
– Talk face to face. Text messages or emails may be misinterpreted. Talking face to face can assist in eliminating this. You can write down your thoughts ahead of time so that you do not have trouble collecting your thoughts later.
– Do not attack. We can sometimes come across as harsh and mean depending on our choice of words. Try using words like “I” or “we” or even “us” instead of “you”.
– Be honest. Sometimes the truth hurts but lies can lead to even more lies. Be honest and open in your communication. Admit when you are wrong and move forward together.
– Check your body language. Let the next person know that you are listening to them. Be attentive by sitting up, face them and make eye contact. Listen and respond to the person effectively. Don’t be distracted by things around you, like your phone, text messages, emails, etc.
Communication can be difficult at times. Learning to sharpen your communication skills can really assist you in the long term to be more effective and build long lasting relationships.
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