Professionals make bad transitions into new jobs everyday.
Typically, a new employee or manager with not a lot of work experience decides to make her mark on day one. 'I'm going to show them exactly who I am and what they need to do' becomes her rallying cry.
Little does she know, how she transitions into a new position can impact career advances, bonus money and performance results. How is as important as what.
Here are 7 tips for transitioning to a new job with ease:
1. The new job is not about you. Organizations are social entities. Realize you need to fit into the culture to succeed. Behave as though other people matter.
2. The team you are joining has a history. Team members are bonded for better or worse. Find ways to build rapport and relationship from the get-go -- rather than rebuild rapport and relationships from a one-down position because you've turned team members off.
3. You are not the center of the universe. What you know, need or want is not the key to fitting in and becoming a part of the team, crew or group. Rather, the key is to focus on how you can help others during your transition time (3 weeks to 3 months).
4. Do NOT make any derogatory remarks about your old organization OR your new organization.
5. Do NOT make any derogatory remarks about your old boss OR your new boss.
6. Do NOT make any derogatory remarks about old team members OR new team members.
7. Develop a useful understanding of the organizational culture. Usually, you can get a handle on the culture in the first 21 days by reflecting on 3 levers:
1. Choice (how decisions are made);
2. Change (how change is managed at individual, team and organizational levels);
3. Control (who controls what formally and informally).
Transitioning into a new job isn't comfortable. Take heart. Knowing how to transition successfully can be learned.
Organizational communication maven by day. Food, wine and beer buff by night. World traveler. Entrepreneurial spirit. Contact Eroca Gabriel, a former Fortune 100 ‘people and culture’ consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.