Do you remember your first job?
New job. New adventure. | How do you manage the first few weeks?
From Berlin to Basel
Good: I had a particularly strong break from my old life. Out of Berlin, out of journalism, off to Basel and into the insurance world. But that doesn't matter in the end. New is new and new is different and you have to get used to new things first. Or the new thing also has to get used to you. So how do you make it through the first few days? I thought back once and made a few suggestions for you.
Even before starting a job | Get to know the team
I was very lucky. My team integrated me very strongly before starting my job. Via WhatsApp I received a weekly update in a voice message: What were the most important events? Which projects have been worked on? So I got a feeling early on what the team is working on and what will be my part in the future. An understanding of the big picture emerged. It was also really nice to hear everyone. That creates a bond, even if you don't know each other yet. Not every area will favor such an exchange and you may not be the type for it either, but it doesn't hurt to ask about it every now and then. Perhaps you will call once or twice on your own initiative and find out how things are going before you start your job or whether you can already read up on a topic. With this you show interest and develop a feeling for your new job.
Find out more about the company
Google your new employer every now and then, visit his website and follow him on his social media channels. This gives you an insight into what is going on in the company. Which products may have been launched? Are there any cultural changes? Maybe events have taken place. More and more companies write their blog like us. There you can learn a lot about what's going on and you get a better feeling about what makes your new employer tick.
New job | Check your effect
A fresh start is also a chance to put aside or question old patterns that may not have really helped you. Talk to friends or old work colleagues about what you look like. What do they like about you? When do you challenge them? It never hurts to reflect and work on yourself every now and then.
Welcome Day | Make first contacts
Baloise is organizing a welcome day for all newcomers. We are not alone in the corporate world and a day like this is very grateful. Today I still benefit from the contacts I made on my first day. Our culture made it very easy for me to reach out to people. Conversations came about incredibly quickly and I found them very pleasant. Get involved! It's the first day for everyone. That is the common denominator. On a day like this you will learn a lot about the corporate culture. For example, we had the opportunity to visit various executives who told us about their areas. You learn who is sitting where in the house and what is being worked on there. That immediately removes inhibitions. I was surprised at how openly and authentically people approach each other here. Even our Group CEO Gert De Winter occasionally takes the time to chat with the newcomers on Welcome Day.
The first days | Simply soak everything up
At the beginning you cannot be productive yourself. Your new job first needs a basis: Where is your workplace? Do you have a laptop Is your email account active? Which documents are stored on which drives? A lot of administrative things, in the routine of which you first have to find. My onboarding was incredibly well prepared. Everything technical worked right away, all work equipment was complete, my email inbox was crammed with invitations to get-to-know dates. On top of that there was a list of additional contacts that would be important to me in the future. A big thank you to my team!
If the start with you should not be so well prepared
... actively approach your people and ask for help. For example, ask which colleagues could be of interest to you and your future work and arrange lunches or discussions. The faster you network, the easier it gets. Good personal contacts are invaluable. Here, too, Baloise makes it easy for you. We have blind lunches. You put your name in a box and you will be drawn to someone for lunch. Ideal for getting to know people.
New job | Don't put yourself under pressure
Everyone knows that you are new to the team. Nobody will expect miracles from you right away. Give yourself space to meet everywhere. Take the time to talk, remember the names of the others. It sounds so mundane, but it will make you appreciate it. If you remember people and stories at the second encounter, this will make your counterpart feel positive. Ask if you can look over the shoulder of other employees. This sharpens your understanding of the work around you. In this early stage, personal initiative is also required. It's great when everything is prepared and you are taken by the hand. But if not, get active and help yourself!
Ask. Ask. ask
For me this was and is the key to constantly growing understanding and to my personal development. If you don't know something, ask. If you don't know a term or an abbreviation, say so. You don't forgive yourself anything. It's much worse to stumble through your new job ignorantly.
Review later! | Like to represent opinion
As in any job, sooner or later your new job will reveal things that have potential for improvement. Wait until you are more established with your criticism. It may be considered disrespectful if you formulate such pointers too quickly. That doesn't apply to your opinion. Positioning yourself appropriately in a reasonable tone in discussions shows strength and shows what you stand for. This is exactly what is explicitly requested at Baloise. Through all levels and areas. Should you encounter another culture, you may have to question how well it suits you.
When you arrive | Don't let up
In my early days, networking went like clockwork. Within a very short time, I had the feeling that I knew half the company. That is of course an exaggeration, but it was enormous how easy it was to find access to colleagues at Baloise. A particular strength. But after the first few months I felt a kind of "stop". I now had that certain number of contacts, but they stagnated. Here you are asked again. Keep your eyes and ears open. Who else could be exciting? Where do events take place where you meet other people and also hear about more things that are currently going on at your new employer? This "stick with it. Listen. Be there." incredibly developed. It's great to discover new things.
Shortlist of useful tips
- Make a note of the names of your colleagues.
- Observe the dynamics in your team and your department.
- Offer your help in areas you understand.
- Ask questions and ask for help.
- Look for an early win to show what you can do with.
- Don't let setbacks get you down.
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