Workplace Personas: Your Key To Success and Happiness
New hires in manufacturing jobs face the same issue as new hires in all jobs. As the new kid on the block, you must earn the respect of your colleagues and bosses. No one really knows how good you are at your job, or if you can be trusted. You’re likely to be nervous, but you cannot afford to hide. What you do in the first few days and weeks could decide your future with your new employer. In this article, you’ll learn eight ways in which you can earn respect in new manufacturing jobs.
What Is Your Workplace Persona?
Your knowledge, experience and capability to do the manufacturing job you have been hired for are crucial, but there is much more to earning respect in the workplace than being a productive worker. Your relationship with others is the key to becoming a liked and respected colleague.
It is easy to make the wrong impression. You don’t know your new team, their personalities, or their individual habits. This makes gauging your response and reactions more difficult, which could result in miscommunication and misinterpretation.
To help you establish a good reputation (and keep it) in the first few weeks of a new job in manufacturing, we’ve put together these eight attitude and behavior tips.
Complete Your Tasks on Time
Finishing your tasks on time shows that you accept responsibility and can be trusted to manage your time effectively. However, you should also have the confidence to challenge an unreasonable deadline, demonstrating your experience and knowledge.
Bag the Quick Wins
Whatever your role, there will be ways to bag some ‘quick wins’. It may be a process you could streamline or a task that needs a volunteer to do. Quick wins show that you have the skill to do your job, and they help to build your credibility in the role.
Learn How Your New Boss Works
Whether this is your first manufacturing job or you’re a seasoned employee, a new boss presents new challenges. They’ll have different ways of working, and you must learn these quickly. Fall into line with the way that your new boss gives instructions, communicates, handles team meetings, and so on.
Don’t be afraid to ask how your boss prefers to work and watch how others work with the boss.
Ask Loads of Questions
As well as asking your boss questions, don’t be afraid to ask your supervisor and colleagues. There will be new ways of working that you must learn, and it is much better to be certain than to guess. People won’t respect a trier who fails when all around you know the answer to the question you should have asked.
Respect Your New Colleagues
If you want to be respected, you must show others respect. Even those you don’t like (and yes, there are likely to be people you don’t get on with). Whether a supervisor or a subordinate, respect all those working with you – they could be the key to your future.
Be Patient with Your New Colleagues
Your new colleagues may not have the depth of knowledge, skill, or experience that you have. They may not be natural coaches. Be patient with others, and they will be patient with you. If you are in a supervisory position, showing patience is key to showing confidence. Treat others well, and they will treat you well.
Don’t Be Tempted to Spread Gossip
It’s tempting to become embroiled in workplace gossip, especially when you are the new hire and you’re trying to find some common ground between you and your new colleagues. Be warned: if you spread gossip, you’ll get the reputation of someone who cannot be trusted with confidential information.
Share Your Experience
As you learn about your new role from others, be willing to share your own experience and knowledge. You’re part of a team. Sharing what you know is a great way to show others that you value your role in the team and the community you are now part of.
It’s Not What You Do, It’s How You Do It
When you start a new job, it’s not always about what you do but about how you do it. Your employer has hired you because they believe you can do the work that is needed. Your success, though, depends on how you get on with your new work colleagues. The eight tips here will help you get off to a good start and maintain the respect of your colleagues as you build your reputation and career in manufacturing jobs.
One of the advantages that employers gain by asking Coast Personnel Services to fill manufacturing jobs is the knowledge we have of their workplace culture. If you’re looking for job, this means the manufacturing jobs we recommend to you will more likely be with teams that are a good fit for your personality. And this means you are more likely to earn the respect you deserve at work. For a confidential discussion about your career, and to discover the very best warehouse jobs in your area, contact Coast Personnel Services today.