5 ways to build rapport as a new employee
As a new employee, you should remember you have been selected via a rigorous recruitment process and the employer believes in your abilities. It’s not necessary to set out to prove yourself on day I, but it is important to get along with your colleagues while following protocol. ET brings you tips from experts on how to make a smooth transition into a new job.
1. Read up on your company, colleagues
Understand the team and company history. Formulate some ideas that can help the company move forward and help execute them as per the team’s goals. “Discuss successes and failures which are key to gaining a colleague’s trust. It will help you enjoy your work and be able to break the ice quicker,” said Nihir Parikh, chief business office at e-commerce portal Nykaa.com.
Make an effort to adapt to every situation and mould accordingly.”To be able to adjust to a new culture, manage a working relationship; being willing to accept all tasks assigned to you can also help build better rapport with others at work,” said Ajay Chhangani, chief executive of Rise India, an aggregator in the education sector.
Some say it is best to be clear from the start about what you want to know. “Do not hesitate to ask questions regarding doubts and clarifications. By doing so, one creates an impression that one is actually interested in learning,” said Aniketh Jain, chief executive officer of Solutions Infini, a messaging and cloud telephony services company.
Be interested in people around you. “When I say listen to them, I don’t mean obey orders. When you are listening to people, you understand their priorities and lives, even if you don’t want to participate just yet. If your teammate or boss hasn’t had the time to do so, you can start talking to them about yours without getting too personal,” said Jatin Bhandari, CEO at PythaGurus and Interview Ninjas.
While there’s a thin line between intrusion and initiative, it’s good to be observant and polite enough to reach out to colleagues; understand motive behind things you found redundant and see if you can eliminate or edit them. “If you are taking initiatives without building anything of incremental value, your colleagues may not like you,” said Bhandari.
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