December 3, 2020

Categories: Modern workplace

Your first day won’t involve meeting your manager and colleagues face-to-face and having a tour of the office, however, you can still make the most of starting your first job by staying positive and following these easy tips.

  • Prepare for remote onboarding

Your first onboarding experience will be done virtually, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing! Usually, everything you will need to learn can be done effectively over a video calling platform like Zoom or Microsoft Teams. However, it can be a little overwhelming, especially if you will be using new tech and tools in your job. Make sure you read through any documents you are sent, and walk yourself through each new tool. You may also want to take notes in these initial meetings, to help you remember names, log in details and general tips. 

  • Get to know your colleagues

It’s incredibly important to build a relationship with your manager and co-workers from day one when working remotely. Without the possibility of sharing a coffee or meeting people in the corridor or lift, you have to be much more proactive about getting to know your team. Most of your contact will be solely focused on work rather than also including casual interactions that would happen in an office.

In your first week of starting a new job remotely, it can be a good idea to send out an email to your team, introducing yourself and inviting them to set up welcome calls or informal chats so you can get to know who you’ll be working with. Small talk at the beginning and end of meetings is all the more important now that the possibility of spontaneous chats is off the table. 

  • Learn how your team communicates

As everyone adapts to remote working, it’s good to find out the best forms of communication to use with different colleagues. If you are working closely with a certain team member, they may be contactable on the company chat platform, but tend not to respond to emails quickly. If your company uses Teams, there is also a function to indicate whether you are available, offline or in a meeting, which can explain why you may not have received an answer from someone. Picking up on little behaviours like this and simply asking what form of communication is best can really help you to get to grips with your new team and how they work. Pay attention to how your team communicate