Tips for Timid Employees
Are you still struggling to perform at your capabilities due to unfamiliar territory? Well, you are in luck! This article offers some advice on how to get better situated in your new work environment.
Many times, being the new person is difficult. Aside from not knowing who anyone is, there is also the task of familiarizing yourself with the daily responsibilities you must complete. Below are a few tips that can help you succeed at your job in no time!
How to Step into the Business on the Right Foot:
1. Know More about the Company You Work For.
Prior to your interview, a bit of research should be done to familiarize yourself with the current company you work in. That is only half the work. Now that you are working for the company, make it your business to know the business especially since you have the inside scoop. Inquire with the boss if there is more to the story since the business first started. There is always an interesting piece of the history that initially gets forgotten. Show an interest with the company and in turn you will be mentally recognized by the boss.
2. Show the Boss Ambition not Aggression.
Offer to take on one or two small tasks.
Taking on smaller tasks in addition to your workload does not hurt. Just do not take on more than you can handle. Little tasks can pave the way for big recognition.
Remember the names of key clients. This shows a willingness to be more involved in the company. (Mr. Smith called earlier to inquire about…)
Suggest social functions for co-workers and new ideas to improve on company projects (Monthly staff meetings, holiday parties).
3. Be Likable to Co-Workers.
Engage in limited casual conversations.
Just because you are in a work environment does not mean that an informal conversation cannot take place. However, entering with caution is the best approach. Some individuals would rather keep their personal endeavors out of work. For those who are willing to engage in the conversation, be aware not cross certain boundaries. Random conversations can include:
1. Did you hear the latest news on CNN last night?
2. How was your weekend?
AVOID topics that are inappropriate. Usually, topics involving religion and politics are good examples of this.
Offer to assist a co-worker with their current task. Avoid doing the majority of their project. Instead, offer minor assistance to make follow up calls or type up a document if needed.
Overall, expressing who you are—personality-wise—and being goal oriented can go a long way to contributing to your overall success at your new position.