Did you manage to land a new job in 2021 that’s mostly remote now? Well, the new normal seems to already have become a part of our everyday lives. We’ve compiled some tips that might be useful to you. We can’t give you the ABC's of what works, but we sure can give you some CDEFG’s. Let’s get right into it!
Get a grasp of the culture in your first month.
Remote working might have made it harder for you to interact with your new colleagues on your first day, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to interact with them at all! It all just takes a little bit more effort. For example, you could make the first move and drop them a message to say hello, or if your company decides to host virtual get-together events, jump on board and join in the fun!
There are many sources of workplace cultural information when you join a new organisation. You can find it from ‘official sources’ like onboarding, all the way to the informal sources from people on the ground. Pay close attention during onboarding and absorb as much as you can. Use your first month to discover the general sentiment across people you work with to get an idea of the culture and expected behaviours. How can you do that? You can create reasons to talk to people across departments. Start with common topics like music, hobbies and business topics, or even fringe topics like $GME, Bitcoin, or memes.
Dial (it) up
Make your first impression(s) count!
Dress up a little better than your usual wear and turn on your video before you join any video call, even if you (or them) are not used to it. By doing so, you are letting them know your intention to connect. The other party may also feel obliged to turn their camera on, which helps you to create a better first impression.
P.S. just because remote working is the norm now doesn’t mean that you’ll have to compromise on face-to-face interactions!
Of course, if your colleagues generally shy away from the camera, you can still keep your video on until someone starts a screen-sharing session, after which, you can then turn off your video camera.
Express yourself; make yourself known and seen.
Whether you’re using Teams, Slack or even Skype, go to #random channels or participate in interest group conversations by introducing yourself. Over-communicate in the early phase of your role, since not many know you exist.
Upload a profile picture on every communication channel, especially on your email account. Additionally, share interesting (and relevant) articles you come across with your team! They key here is being proactive.
Permit yourself to be curious, inquisitive, and (somewhat) annoying.
So you’re all alone in your home office. Load up and read your organisation’s handbook, access internal resources and/or their intranet. Endeavour to read them all even if they are not entirely relevant. In fact, ask many questions and be annoying, because this is the only chance you’ll get (and people are quite forgiving towards new joiners)!
Probe to find out what resources are available to you. Whether they are IT equipment grants, productivity suites and apps, or online mental wellness programmes, they are sure to be useful in boosting your productivity or collaborative capabilities.
Gate (establish) your spaces
Set up spaces, routines and boundaries.
I think we can’t stress this enough, and you probably might have read about this on many other websites. Your first email reply that goes out at 2am sends another message — that you’re available to work at 2am. A good level of work-life separation/integration is important if you want to set yourself up for success. We’re not telling you to maintain an absolute work-life balance, but to set up something that is comfortable to you, personally. You can find many other tips on how to set up a proper routine. (Here’s just one of them)
Conversely, that separation/integration extends to the digital. You have to be aware of the different channels that your team uses to collaborate and work with you. Be on alert for chat and email notifications during your working hours, and set up a do-not-disturb mode during meetings and while screen-sharing.
Any other tips you’ve discovered when starting your new remote job? Let us know below!