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6 Things You Need to Do When Starting a New Job

6 Things You Need to Do When Starting a New Job

All major changes in life tend to make us fairly nervous and uncertain, and there are few things as nerve wrecking as the first few days on a new job. You want to impress, let everyone know that you are a true professional and get as friendly as you can with your new colleagues. If you don’t have much experience, especially if it’s your first job, then you’ll need to do a few little things to prepare for this new challenge. Let’s take a look at some of the best things that you can do to make the first days of your new job stress-free and highly productive.

Update Your Wardrobe to Look Professional

Some of the people reading this are, no doubt, quite fashion-savvy and understand the ins and outs of the business casual and more formal dress codes, but a lot of people are new to this sort of thing. Millennials in general tend to be more laid back and like to add their own personal touch to everything, but as long as you follow the basic guidelines you can still let your inner self shine and look like a professional.

Get the Right Gadgets to Boost Productivity

Once you’ve got your business attire sorted, it’s time to look at some of the tools of the trade. Think of yourself as business superhero – you’ve got the suit, but you still need some cool gadgets. The most important tool you will always have on you is your smartphone, which you will use for anything from sending emails to accessing information in the cloud and using team management apps.

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Finding a proper business phone can be a bit of a chore, but it is a smart investment that pays for itself in the long run. Be sure to install a few useful apps that you will be using day-to-day, and forget about games and silly fitness apps that you will never use.

Learn All You Can about the Company’s Culture and Rules

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    You will be the “new guy/gal” or, if you prefer classic cop show nomenclature, the “rookie,” but you don’t have to be a fish out of water. Sure, it’ll take time to get to know everyone, get a sense of how office politics work and all, but you should come prepared from day one. Dig through the company website, ask a few questions during your final interview, look at any written material on things like the dress code and corporate policies and try your best to fit in.

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    Once you start working, it’s best to ask your colleagues about anything you are not quite sure of, no matter how trivial it may seem. The social and psychological aspects of sharing a workspace with other humans are just as important to master as the skills necessary to do your job properly. You might look a bit unsure of yourself or eager to please at first, but after a week or two you’ll be all settled in and accepted as part of the team.

    Work on Mastering Confident Body Language

    Being seen as a confident and ambitious employee, and a cool and interesting colleague will help you win over your coworkers and the bosses much more quickly than just keeping to yourself and letting your work speak for you. In fact, as unfair as it may seem to someone new to the corporate culture, putting in overtime, meeting every deadline, being insanely punctual and just generally courteous won’t lead you towards a promotion or improve your reputation if you don’t make an effort to charm everyone’s pants off.

    The first step is to learn about confident body language and practice moving, standing, sitting, speaking, gesturing and listening while looking completely sure of yourself. In order to emanate power you must learn to take up space – without looking like a street thug, of course – avoid nervous movement, speak more slowly and loud enough, and keep the right amount of eye contact and so on. It takes practice, but you can get a hang of it within a month or two.

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    Read Books on Business, Manners and Conflict Resolution

      There is a sort of meta-job component to any line of work – it’s the ability to navigate business waters, find polite ways to say “no” or persuade people, knowing how to efficiently resolve office conflicts in your favor, and so on. These are the type of skills that you pick up after a few years of working in an office environment, but there are tons of great books out there that can help you get a better understanding of how to climb your way up the corporate ladder.

      I’d suggest reading up on business books, as well as books on dealing with problematic people at work, some of the best examples being “The Ape in the Corner Office: How to Make Friends, Win Fights, and Work Smarter by Understanding Human Nature” by Richard Conniff and “ConCom: Conflict Communication A New Paradigm in Conscious Communication” by Rory Miller.

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      Apart from that, a good book on manners like “The Etiquette Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Manners” by Jodi R. R. Smith will help you get through all the formalities of business lunches and polite conversations.

      Create a Work Journal to Keep Track of Your Tasks

      Now, before you say anything, this doesn’t mean that you should walk around with a clipboard and jot down everything that happens during the day. You can simply note the tame and date when you’ve started a project or were assigned a certain task, the time and date you completed it, a few instructions that the boss or your teammates gave you and so on.

      Not only will this help you stay on track with all the little tasks around the office, but it will also allow you to cover your back in case of a dispute, as you’ll be able to clearly show just how much work you’ve done, and what you’ve been told to do. People will just think that you are a bit of a perfectionist and won’t really give it a second thought, but it will help you a lot on the long run.
      This is by no means a be all end all list of things you can do, nor are any of the rules set in stone, but these few useful suggestions will help you leave a good impression and adapt to your new workplace in record time. Have a little bit of patience, mind your manners and try to raise through the ranks as a good team member who knows the rules.

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      Last Updated on March 12, 2019

      20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

      20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

      There is normally a lengthy list of things you need to consider when starting a business, and if you don’t manage them properly, your excitement can quickly turn into overwhelm. What can support you to stay inspired and on the right track when starting out? You guessed it: this is your vision statement.

      What Is a Vision Statement?

      A vision statement is like a photograph of your future business, which gives your business shape and direction.

      A vision statement provides the direction and describes what the founder wants the organization to achieve in the future; it’s more about the “what” of a business. It is different from a mission statement, which describes the purpose of an organization and more about the “how” of a business.

      If you were to take a photo of your future business now, what would it look like? What do you want your business to be recognized for one day?

      You need to have a crystal clear vision when you start out, otherwise you can get easily lost in deciding the best way forward. When you are making strategic decisions for your business and even daily operation decisions, your vision statement will give you the inspiration and targeted direction you need.

      The Importance of a Vision Statement

      Without a vision statement, your business will lack motivation to keep going.

      If you don’t aim for anything, you might not hit anything. The more specific and clear you are, the better your chances are at seeing your vision turn into reality.

      The importance of a vision statement cannot be overlooked; not only does it provide long term direction and guidance, but it also gives you the inspiration and the necessary energy to keep going when you feel lost.

      Always keep your vision statement alive by revisiting it regularly and communicating your vision with other members of the team, to inspire and motivate them as well.

      How to Craft an Inspiring Vision Statement

      1. Dream big and use clear language

      An inspiring vision statement should inform a clear direction and priorities for the organization, while challenging all the team members to grow together. Based on our expert sources’ advice, we’ve got some great tips for you:

      • Imagine how you want the business to be like in five to ten years.
      • Infuse the business’ values in the statement.
      • Make sure that the statement is implying a clear focus for the business.
      • Write your vision statement in the present tense.
      • Use clear and concise language.
      • Ensure the statement is easily understood.

      There are many different types of vision statements and there is no wrong or right way to do it. The most important thing is to resonate with it. It will always inspire you and give you a clear targeted direction.

      2. Get inspirations from the successful companies.

      Having researched on a number of successful companies’ vision statements, I’ve shortlisted 20 good examples for the new startups:

      Short vision statements made up of a few words only:

      1. Disney

      To make people happy.

      2. Oxfam

      A just world without poverty.

      3. Ikea

      To create a better every day life for the many people.

      Quantitative statements are based on numbers, quantities:

      4. Microsoft

      Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

        5. Nike

        Bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world. (*If you have a body, you are an athlete.)

          Qualitative statements are based on qualities that you want to have:

          6. Ford

          People working together as a lean, global enterprise to make people’s lives better through automotive and mobility leadership.

          7. Avon

          To be the company that best understands and satisfies the product, service and self-fulfillment needs of women—globally.

          Competitor based statements – this type is becoming less common, but famous examples are:

          8. Honda – in 1970

          We will destroy Yamaha.

          9. Nike – in 1960s

          Crush Adidas.

            10. Philip Morris – in 1950s

            Knock off RJR as the number one tobacco  company in the world.

            Role Model Vision Statements – using another company as an example:

            11. Stanford University – in the past

            To become the Harvard of the West.

            12. Reach for Success – in the past

            To become the next Tony Robbins in self development.

            Internal Transformations vision statements:

            13. Apple

            To produce high-quality, low cost, easy to use products that incorporate high technology for the individual.

            14. Giro Sport Design

            To make sure that riding is the best part of a great life.

            15. Tesla

            To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

            16. Sony

            To be a company that inspires and fulfills your curiosity.

            17. Facebook

            To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

              Longer and more detailed vision statement:

              18. Walmart

              To give customers a wide assortment of their favorite products, Every Day Low Prices, guaranteed satisfaction, friendly service, convenient hours (24 hours, 7 days a week) and a great online shopping experience.

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              19. Coca Cola

              To achieve sustainable growth, we have established a vision with clear goals:

              Profit: Maximizing return to share owners while being mindful of our overall responsibilities.

              People: Being a great place to work where people are inspired to be the best they can be.

              Portfolio: Bringing to the world a portfolio of beverage brands that anticipate and satisfy peoples; desires and needs.

              Partners: Nurturing a winning network of partners and building mutual loyalty.

              Planet: Being a responsible global citizen that makes a difference.

                20. Heinz

                Our VISION, quite simply, is to be: “The World’s Premier Food Company, Offering Nutritious, Superior Tasting Foods To People Everywhere.” Being the premier food company does not mean being the biggest but it does mean being the best in terms of consumer value, customer service, employee talent, and consistent and predictable growth.

                The Bottom Line

                Remember, always keep your vision statement up-to-date to direct your company’s actions.

                Remember, once you reach your vision, it needs to be changed. General Motors overtook Ford as #1 automotive company in the world because once Ford’s goal was reached, they never updated it.

                Keep your vision statement alive and visibly in front of you, revisit it and let it help direct your actions and activities. This is the fun part: this is where you get to dream really big and allow your imagination to fly as high as you want.

                Don’t hold back, let your creative juices flow and give yourself permission to explore what is possible for your business.

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                To your success!

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