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The first 90 days in a new job: make them count

30/10/2017
Posted by: Tracy Carlisle

The first three months in a new job are largely viewed as a proving period. A time to get to know the team, the culture and - crucially – demonstrate that you are the right person for the job. However, starting a new role can be a daunting prospect for nurses. You’ll likely have lots of questions and concerns running through your mind: will I be able to manage the workload? Will I fit into the team?  Am I going to be able to learn the ropes quickly and effectively?  So how can you ensure this important period is a success? Here are our top five tips:

Understand expectations

Ensure you are in receipt of all the information you need about what your Manager expects of you.  Take the time to sit down with your boss to discuss what their expectations are in your first week. While you may have a job role on paper – talking it through will not only demonstrate that you are eager to understand what is required of you, but it might also bring to light anything else that your employer expects from you.  Crucially, don’t make the mistake of over exaggerating your expertise if asked – be honest and open about where you might need extra training or support. This will show your superior that you are keen to develop your skill sets.

Get to know the culture

A big part of your first few weeks and months will be getting to know the company, its people and demonstrating to your peers that you a good cultural fit.  Take the time to get to know people, the values and ethos of the company, so you can ensure you are a perfect match. While it stands to reason that you got the job, in part, because the hiring Manager saw something in you that matched their culture, be sure to prove them right.

Avoid politics

While it pays to be sociable at work and make efforts to get on with your colleagues don’t make the mistake of getting involved in office gossip and politics. Your first three months is a time to demonstrate your expertise – not to become known, or associated with gossip.

Ask for feedback

It always pays to be proactive in getting feedback and constructive criticism from your superiors. Be one step ahead of your manager by asking for feedback before they offer it. Not only will this help your professional development, but it will demonstrate that you are keen to make a success of your role. Don’t however, go too far by asking if you are doing things right on a near constant basis. Diarise a meeting weekly, or bi-weekly, where you can get feedback without alienating your Manager.

Show enthusiasm

Perhaps an obvious one, but ensure your show enthusiasm, positivity and a desire to learn new things during your proving period. Despite how busy you are, or if your day hasn’t gone to plan, projecting a positive image is crucial. The first 90 days in a job aren’t all going to be easy – it’s a big transition – but by showing positivity, they will be that much easier and your peers will warm to you far better.

Three months may seem like a long time, but in reality, they will fly past. And this is particularly the case in a fast-paced environment like the care arena. Make them count by following our top tips and you’ll be well on your way to passing your proving period with flying colours.  Good luck!

If you would like additional advice about your new job or are seeking a new role, get in touch with the team today. And for more insights from the team check out our other blogs and resources

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