How to Prepare When Starting a New Job

Punching the clock at a new job can cause a lot of different feelings and questions for employees. The first day at your new job is possibly the most important so it is completely normal to have these feelings. Understanding how to prepare can help calm your nerves and allow you to go in with confidence. In this article you will hopefully be able to alleviate the anxiousness and stress that comes with starting a new job. This is a very important day for you and you should embrace the next step in your life with happiness while on the clock.

Research the new company that you will be working for

This is something that you probably should have done before your interview, but if you did not then now is the time. You will learn about the company’s background and how they operate. This will allow you as a new employee to understand what to expect and possibly what they expect from you as well.

When researching a company you may be able to read reviews about the company that have to do with many different topics. Listed below are some important topics that you may be able to research about your new place of employment.

  • Work environment
  • Compensation and salary
  • Health benefits
  • Company culture
  • How they treat employees
  • The company’s history
  • Locations
  • Reviews from other employees that may still work their or used to work their

These are all very important topics to gain as much information as possible from when you are starting your new job. This is especially true if this company is going to be a stepping stone towards another job or if you plan on staying with the company for your whole working career. Glassdoor is a very reliable website when performing research on a company.

Do not be late when you punch the time clock

First impressions have a lot to do with how an employer and fellow co-workers view you. If you show up late then it may be perceived as you not being serious about the job. Obviously this is something you do not want to happen. It is very important to arrive on time and clock in as you are instructed to do so. Many employers are just as excited and eager as you are, so start your new job off right by showing up on time.

Stay calm and do not stress

I know this may sound easier said than done, but do your best to relax and not stress about your new job. Keep in mind that the employer chose you because you stood out from the other candidates. This means they have confidence in you and you should have confidence in yourself.

Try certain techniques that may lower your stress levels. Here are a few ways that will help.

  • Stay active - Stress is known to increase adrenaline and cortisol levels which are known as stress hormones. When you are active your body releases the “feel good chemical” known as endorphins. So try to take a relaxing walk the night before your big day and keep your mind busy.
  • Manage your time - It is important to manage your time so you can get the most out of your day. By planning and preparing, it can save you last minute running around. Plan accordingly and manage your time to the best of your ability.
  • Breathe - Deep breathing is known to reduce anxiety, increase energy and reduce your heart rate. This can allow you to feel a lot better physically and mentally.
  • Get plenty of sleep - Sleep is very important for our overall health. The proper amount of sleep reduces stress and improves brain activity while increasing energy. When you add this all together, it makes the perfect recipe for a productive day at work.
  • Talk to someone - It never hurts to speak with someone you trust to gain valuable advice and information about your new career choice. Engaging in a conversation can also take your mind off stressful thoughts.

Don’t be afraid to meet new people

Part of starting a new job is meeting new people. Some people can be a little shy or timid to meet others, but the pros outweigh the cons - who knows, you could meet your new best friend. Be open minded and give people the benefit of the doubt. Do not hesitate to say hello and introduce yourself.

Establishing a strong relationship is very important in the workplace. You are able to build trust with one another and enjoy working together. We practice this a lot here at OnTheClock. We share ideas with each other, respect each others opinions, and everyone here is always willing to help out. This would not be possible if we weren’t open to meeting and interacting with new people.

Ask questions to learn more about the company and your job position

I’m sure that you have heard the phrase “There is no such thing as a stupid question.” I strongly believe this to be true. How are you supposed to learn something new if you do not ask questions? Even when you use Google you are asking a question. You may not realize it, but you are probably asking the internet many questions per day, so what’s the difference if you were to ask humans a few questions? You are jumping into something new and it is important to learn as much as possible and asking questions is the best way at times.

Set goals on what you want to achieve and accomplish

As you evaluate your new job role keep in mind that you should set realistic goals that you want to achieve. You will reap great benefits for not just yourself, but the company that you work for. In addition to you accomplishing your goals, understand that you will learn valuable assets along the way that may take you far in your career. An article by MindTools explains the variety of different goals to set for life in general and how important they are.  

Have fun and enjoy your new job

Lastly, have fun and enjoy your new job to the fullest. Go in with the mindset that you are going to be successful and work hard. Be upbeat and love what you do. After all, you are spending a third of your life at work so make the best of it. Keep in mind that you only get back what you put in so work hard, be open minded, and everything will be just fine when you prepare to start a new job.

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