Relationships

Here are some actions you can do to ease your transition to a new position and build solid relationships with your peers and manager.

Meet with Your Boss within First 30 Days
  • Use this meeting to assess your progress and voice any questions or concerns you may have. This meeting will give you a chance to make sure you are progressing properly and to plan changes, if needed. Additionally, your manager may not always be available to answer questions, and for this reason, you may want to find a mentor so you will have an alternate source of help when you have questions.
Get to Know People and Memorize Names
  • Write down names with some information to jog your memory. Also, when you are introduced to coworkers, repeat their names to help you remember them.
Build Relationships Cautiously
  • People can be judged by the friendships they cultivate. Be friendly to all at work and avoid building strong relationships to the exclusion of others. Also, avoid office gossip and take care not to speak negatively about supervisors or managers when in or out of the office. As you build relationships, it is important to draw the line on how much you socialize at work. You can be seen as a person who doesn’t make good use of your time.
Be a Good Communicator and Listener
  • Make your communications (face-to-face, phone, email) clear and to the point. Don’t over verbalize. Listening is the beginning of understanding. Listen so that you can hear what is being said.