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Succeed at Your New Job by Meshing with the Corporate Culture

Landing a new job or assignment in Middle Tennessee takes hard work, patience and sometimes a little bit of well-timed luck.  When you land a great opportunity, it’s only natural to be excited.  After that initial excitement wears off, however, you may start worrying about the uncertainty inherent in any new work situation – like the pace and “atmosphere” of the work environment, the personalities of your boss and co-workers, and how well you’ll ultimately fit-in.

At Wood Personnel, we know how important new work opportunities are for you.  So when you begin your first day, we want to help you do everything you can to get started off right.  Use this list of suggestions to thrive on the job from day one by meshing well with your new corporate culture:

  • Observe. From the moment you walk in the door, pay attention to others – how they interact, dress, maintain their workspaces, etc.  By simply observing, you can learn a lot about how the company operates on a daily basis.  Find out who the most successful team members are and take your cues from them.
  • Be flexible. Be open to changing the ways you approach tasks, communicate with others and structure your work day.  The company probably has well-established ways of getting things done and expects you to conform to their standards.
  • Be courteous and respectful. One of the best ways to win over new co-workers and supervisors is by using good business etiquette.  Treat everyone with respect by being considerate of others’ workloads and meeting your commitments on time.  If you are working in close quarters or open spaces with others:  use a quiet tone when speaking; keep your cell phone off or on vibrate; keep socializing to a minimum.  Remember that everyone has work to do, including you.
  • Dress for success. Your clothes influence the way your manager and co-workers perceive you.  While on the job, avoid fashions that are too trendy, revealing or casual.  Make a good impression by dressing appropriately for your position, or one notch above.
  • Beware of office politics. Office politics are part of the interactive process of working together toward individual, team and company goals.  While on a short-term assignment, the best choice is to steer clear of these dynamics.  If you’re on a long-term assignment, or have accepted a direct position, however, you need to learn to cope with them.  Learn how to compliment and not criticize; disagree without being disrespectful; stay above gossip by not spreading rumors.  Establish a reputation as a hard working, positive employee who is not a part of the rumor mill, and you’ll be off to a good start.

Find a Great Fit with Wood Personnel

If you’re looking for a job or temporary assignment in Middle Tennessee, we invite you meet in-person with one of Wood’s staffing and recruiting experts.   Together, we can discuss what type of job works best for you, the environment you like, your strengths and your salary requirements.

Serving Middle Tennessee job seekers since 1988, Wood Personnel knows that a good fit means more than matching skills.  To find the right opportunity for you, we will carefully match your career goals, experience and strengths with the company’s culture and the requirements of the job.

Contact us today and find a great fit with Wood Personnel.