How to Join A New Job While Working from Home
“We’ll be working from home for a couple of weeks”, they said…
Seven months on, we’re still here. The temporary set ups are now here to stay, and many businesses are now looking at offering flexible working on a permanent basis.
So, mid-pandemic or not, it looks like remote onboarding is going to be a more regular occurrence.
However, joining a new team and learning a new job from outside the office is no mean feat. Working in isolation can make it much harder to meet people, build connections around the business and of course, learn the role.
However, in this delicate time, it also offers a more open approach to communication where we can get to know our colleagues better and support each other along the way.
So, what’s the best way to join a team while working from home? Here’s our guide.
8 Tips for joining a new job remotely
1) Set up an office space
When the pandemic first hit, there were many of us who set up temporary solutions for working from home. However, because we’re in this for the long haul, it’s important to give yourself a proper office space – as best as possible – to help get you in the right mindset for work.
It will also help you separate work life and homelife while working from home.
Make sure you have a good, supportive chair, your desk is at the right height, you have enough light and also have a pair of noise-cancelling headphones for calls and concentration.
And finally, remember to have a professional background to ensure you make a good first impression when joining video calls.
2) Dress smart
Homelife has made for a more relaxed approach to work. There’s no commute and there’s less of a need to dress smart. However, remember your new colleagues are still getting to know you and it’s important to make a good first impression.
Stay smart and have your camera on when on calls so that you can start to build a professional rapport with people around the business.
It doesn’t just help to demonstrate that you are serious about your role but it also helps others to feel confident in your abilities.
3) Get to know your colleagues
We’re all working in an unfamiliar situation right now. And where in the office, you might be more reserved, we’re now in a time where we need to support each other.
Help others get to know you when you speak to them. Of course, stay professional, but when the time is right, there’s no harm in sharing a few interests, to give others the opportunity to learn more about you.
This way, you can start to connect with everyone you are dealing with on a daily basis and start to relax into your role.
4) Jump on the phone
Meaning can sometimes get a bit lost over emails and direct messaging. And especially when you are getting to know others, it’s really important to pick up the phone so you can properly engage over a call.
Again, video calls are great for doing this. So much of our communication happens through our facial expressions and body language so it’s important to remember that this is going to be the best way to connect with others – as well as stay connected while we are all outside the office.
So, jump on a Teams call and remember to take with you, one of your most valuable assets – your smile!
5) Build your support network
If you haven’t been assigned a work buddy, then it might be a good idea to ask for one – depending on your role. Where, in an office space, you might be able to look around and see who’s free or is willing to help, when you’re at home, there’s no way of knowing this.
And without knowing anyone or knowing their workloads, it’s difficult to know who to ask or who you can go to regularly for help. Afterall, who doesn’t have questions when they first begin a new role?
6) Take notes
When you start a new role, you might have someone with you or next to you who can help out when needed. Perhaps, to catch you when you might be on the wrong screen or just to help guide you in an unfamiliar situation.
This isn’t going to be possible when joining a new team remotely. So, it’s important to make notes every time you learn something new. That way, when you come across it again, you have your own materials to be able to refer back to.
You can also ask for training materials or good online courses to help you with any gaps in your knowledge so you can learn in your own time.
It might even pave the way for your own guide which can be used in the future for other new starters who onboard remotely.
7) Organise a coffee morning
If there isn’t already one in place, ask your manager if you are able to organise a regular coffee morning with your team. That way, you have an appropriate informal setting to be able to get to know your work colleagues.
It also gives your mind a break – which is important when starting a new role. There is often a lot to take in – and this, coupled with wanting to perform well can make you stressed.
Often, one of the best things about any particular role, is the people. Get to know them and let them get to know you!
8) Go easy on yourself
This is a difficult time for everyone and we expect a lot out of ourselves – especially when we’re looking to impress others in a new position.
Remember that being productive doesn’t come from working constantly – this is unrealistic. Give yourself a proper structure and stick to it. Ensure you take breaks and that you have a balance of focus time and time where you can just tune out for a few minutes in the garden with a cup of tea. Taking a walk at lunchtime is also a good way to make sure you don’t get too stressed while working at home.
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