New job means new adjustments: you have to get used to the new routine in the office; memorize the names of your new colleagues; and learn your new tasks. However, the most challenging part of being the new employee is getting the trust of your boss.
Most companies implement the 6 month-probationary period for their new employees. This is a crucial period as workers need to adjust to their new environment and job while doing their best to keep mistakes to the minimum. This is the time when they need to impress their employer the most, but since they are still in the process of adapting to the job and the corporate culture, they are prone to failure.
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If you will be starting in your new job soon, there are some points that you need to remember in order for your adjustment to be smooth. It is normal that your colleagues and employer will be distant from you at first. You are still in the stage where you have to earn their trust yet. Expect that you will be observed in every step you take, so you really have to be at your best. Therefore, make it a goal to get the confidence of your workmates, especially your employer. To give you some ideas, here are some tips on how to make your boss trust you.
- Know the company culture
Each organization has its own culture. This includes the mission, vision, and core values. If you want to blend into your new environment and get the nod of your boss, then you better adapt to the culture of the company. Know and understand its principles and apply them into your work. Working according to these values will help you avoid committing a lot of mistakes. Moreover, when your employer sees that you abide with the company value system, he or she could say that they got the right person for the job.
- Be honest even in the smallest details
Remember that during your first days, your supervisor or employer would be keeping an eye on you. You will be observed in every little thing you do—from the time you come in to how you do your work. If they find out any discrepancy in your reports, like if they remember you coming in late once or several times, but on your daily time record you are always on time, then they will judge your integrity. Or if they find out that you have plagiarized a report or content from the Internet or other sources, then it is also a foul.
- Build relationship with your colleagues
What your co-workers say about you can also affect the judgment of your employer. Therefore, it is necessary to build rapport with them. Be nice to everyone in the office; smile at them; greet whenever you meet them anywhere; and start opening casual talks with these people. This way, any negative impressions about you will be eventually removed. This will minimize your chance of getting ripped off in front of your boss. If your employer would not hear negative feedback about you, then he or she is more likely to trust you.
- Be confident
Showing a strong and confident personality can help you gain trust from your employer and colleagues immediately. Being confident of yourself will make you look more capable compared when you are shy and awkward. Confidence shows that you have mastery in what you do and you can manage with less supervision. This will assure your boss that you know what you are doing and you can follow easily. Be confident by feeling confident. Wear classy but comfortable clothes (as your attire can affect how you feel about yourself); maintain eye contact when you talk to your boss or fellow workers; and do not be afraid to speak your mind.
- Strive to be the best
Do not compete with your colleagues—but compete with yourself. Aim to be the best employee that your company can ever have. Having this goal will make you work harder and smarter. All your effort will pay off when your boss sees that you shine. Eventually, your employer would not just trust you, but he or she would want to keep you in the business as you are an asset.
- Keep your reputation up
Make sure that your company would not find any skeleton in your closet. As their employee, you represent their company. Therefore, they will not be happy if they find out any negative issue about you. Your boss would question your character and trust will be difficult to gain. For this reason, be careful of what you post on your social media accounts like Facebook or Twitter. Also, avoid wearing your office ID or uniform to public places like bars or malls to avoid any unlikely event that could ruin not just your image, but also the company’s.
Without trust from your workmates, and especially your boss, your work will be burdensome and there is a big possibility that you would not stay in the company for long. Therefore, as early as possible, build relationship with everyone in your new environment and aim for excellence in what you do. You have to prove that you are worthy of the position which you are hired into. Trust is not easily gained, but by not giving them any reason to not give it to you, then sooner you will get it.