Tristan talks about starting a new job remotely on this episode of the TAP In with Tristan. Starting a new job was already awkward and stressful before the pandemic, but now that the pandemic has changed the landscape of many workplaces, you may be starting a new job remotely, which is a whole new beast. While not having to report to the office has its perks, it does present some challenges. By enacting these tips, you’ll be setting yourself up to have a positive experience in your new role!
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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. In this episode, let’s talk about starting a new job remotely.
Starting a new job was already awkward and stressful before the pandemic, but now that the pandemic has changed the landscape of many workplaces, you may be starting a new job remotely, which is a whole new beast. While not having to report to the office has its perks like not having to commute, which can create a less chaotic morning, it does present some challenges. When you are trying to learn the ropes of a new organization, build relationships with coworkers, and make a great first impression, those things require a lot more intention remotely. So let’s discuss a few tips to help you make the onboarding process a successful, less stressful, and, dare I say, an enjoyable one.
When starting a new role, you should initially request a few things, including an organization chart, a resource list, and an onboarding mentor or buddy. In the first few days, while getting acquainted with a new role, we will inevitably have questions about things like setting up email, tech issues, and HR stuff. In the office, you could typically just ask the person on your team you sit next to or even walk over to your boss, but it’s not that easy when we’re remote. So having resources as well as a tenured, single point of contact who understands the business that you can go to with your questions will be incredibly useful.
From there, when you begin connecting with your new boss and coworkers, make it a priority to discuss their communication styles. For example, your boss might prefer a phone call if you have questions or an update on something, whereas your coworkers might prefer a Slack message over an email. People are also more formal or more casual depending on the platform; take note of that as you’re trying to effectively communicate or build personal relationships.
Another important factor is building relationships with your coworkers that go beyond just the job description. This tends to naturally occur while working in person, but we have to really make the effort when working remotely. If your company uses platforms like Slack, typically, there are channels dedicated to particular interests like cats, sports, and more. These channels can help you connect with various coworkers and raise your visibility in the organization.
Lastly, set boundaries around work. When working from home, the line between work and personal time becomes incredibly blurred. It’s easy to become hyperconnected to deal with the anxiety that comes with starting a new job. It’s important that we set some boundaries. This could look like building in screen time breaks throughout your day, setting a work cut-off time, or even physically separating your workspace from your relaxing home space.
While starting a new job remotely is a bit more challenging, by enacting these tips, you’ll be setting yourself up to have a positive experience in your new role.
This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.