When starting a new role it takes time for people to notice who you are and understand how you will contribute to the success of the business. What makes things even harder is the that fact that, many times, the only forced interaction with colleagues beyond your immediate team is in company-wide meetings.
To be successful and make a name for yourself at a new company, you can’t rely on simply going through the motions and expect to get a raise, promotion or respect from your colleagues. If you’re looking to stand out and gain an edge in your new role, the following tips will put you on the right path to be successful.
Speak Up In Meetings
Being an active participant in meetings is a great way to not only get noticed, but also a way for you to show off your smarts. Just make sure you’re not speaking just to speak, but are actually offering useful commentary and engaging the group.
Don’t feel forced to be overly active in discussion until you’ve settled in for a few weeks, but in many situations, it’s useful for your new colleagues to hear an outside perspective from a new hire before they’re fully immersed in the company culture.
Introduce Yourself To Others Outside Of Your Team
Although it depends on the size of you company, you will likely only work with a small group of other employees on a regular basis, so you’ll need to step outside of your normal routine, and location in the office for that matter, to introduce yourself to others.
Ask people to go out for a coffee or lunch, ask someone how their weekend was while in the kitchen or simply say hello and introduce yourself to people you don’t know when passing by their desk. You will, first of all, raise your status and show that you are proactive, and secondly, you will be able to learn from the new people you meet and perhaps be able to utilize their area of expertise in the future to make your work better.
Attend Office Social Events
You’ll likely receive invites from your HR team to attend numerous office social events like happy hours, seasonal parties, office team sporting events or volunteer opportunities. Going to these events will be the best way to actually learn about your colleagues on a deeper level.
These events give you the opportunity to see people outside of their normal environment and build better relationships. The environment is much more relaxed and people tend to be more forthcoming, which provides you great insight into who they actually are and how they approach things.
Surprise And Reward Members of Your Team
Whether you’re a senior member or the most junior, surprising others from your team on occasion (a big client win, work anniversary, birthday etc.) will help the cohesiveness of the group and show you are invested in others.
A simple gesture likes donuts for the team on a day when you know the workload will be heavy or a thank you note for a colleague who helped you with something goes a long way. You will earn respect, show your loyalty and hopefully brighten someone’s day.
Share Relevant And Interesting Industry News
A great way to show initiative and get in front of people you may not know from your company is to periodically share news with specific teams or the entire company about things relevant to your industry. To take it a step further, perhaps even share specifically why the news is relevant to your specific company and how it could affect a way in which you are currently doing business.
You never know, the article you share with the CMO might lead to a change that saves your company time and money or leads to a new business opportunity. Just be sure that nothing you share directly calls out anyone in a negative way. That’s just not good for business.
With these tips now in your back pocket, get out there into the cubicle jungle and put them into practice. They’ll be useful even if you didn’t just start a new position.
Author Bio: Brock Thatcher is a communications professional in New York, specializing in broadcast and digital media relations and marketing. He has worked with many industry-leading brands in the sports, spirits and technology sectors. When he's not working with media, you can find him on Twitter sharing pointless facts and opinions about sports.