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How to be Successful in the First Few Weeks of a New Healthcare Job

So you are starting a new job in the healthcare arena? Congratulations! The stress of job searching and interviewing are over for now. Here are some tips to ease into that job successfully.

Your first few months in a new job set the tone for your future. For example, this is the time to to develop relationships with your healthcare or hospital coworkers and create expectations within the organization. While it’s important to hit the ground running and prove you are a great employee, there are several crucial ways to excel in your new transition when starting a new job.

Following is a list of advice from experts in the medical field. Whether you’re a new graduate just launching your career or a seasoned healthcare professional making a career move, bear in mind the following tips and develop an outstanding reputation when you start a new position.

Ask questions and clarify expectations

Always ask questions! Not clarifying expectations is cited as the biggest mistake new hires can make. No one expects you to know it all on day one. Learning a new healthcare position is hard and takes time. That’s why you should not be embarrassed to ask things like, “What does the typical day look like for this team?” or even, “How do I set up my printer?”

Requesting clarification lets your boss and colleagues know you’re eager to learn and get things right, while also being confident enough to ask for help. While you don’t want to bother coworkers with endless requests for assistance, most will be happy to show you the ropes. After all, they were once new employees, too. So instead of keeping quiet, make the effort to get clarity from a peer or supervisor when you’re in a new job.

Focus on this current position

Remember to emphasize the present and future and what you hope to gain in this position. Be cautious when bringing up a past employer or project. Moreover, don’t talk excessively about a past employer or previous job. Just like how overused phrases can be annoying, your new employer may not appreciate constant comparisons between your former and current position. Also, resist from talking negatively about your old job, coworkers or boss as that can make people worry about how you speak about them in the future. That being said, feel free to share your insights. For example, if you can apply your experience at a former organization to your new projects, express your thoughts. You were hired for your expertise!

Take time before you take on too much work

You get one chance at a first impression, so focus on the work given to you and do it well. When employees are starting a new job, many managers assign smaller tasks so employees have a chance to learn correctly. It takes some time to familiarize yourself with a new organization, co-workers, and workload. In the beginning, it’s much better to concentrate on the task at hand than to take on additional responsibility in an effort to impress your supervisor. Overextending yourself can lead to mistakes and missed deadlines. After you’ve been there a few weeks or months and have worked with the whole team, you will better understand your department’s and organization’s goals. Then you’ll be ready to prioritize bigger and more challenging assignments.

Pay attention to workplace culture

The hiring manager hired you because he or she thought that you would fit in with the organization, not just the position. Make sure you catch onto the corporate culture and get involved. How does your team brainstorm? Does your department get together for lunch every Thursday afternoon? Do they acknowledge and celebrate birthdays? Is the organization looking for volunteers to help organize an event? Sign up! By respecting unspoken rules and engaging in social activities, you’re letting your supervisor and co-workers know that you’re a team player.

Connect and interact with co-workers

Starting a new job can be exciting, but it can also be off-putting. Remember to interact with others. Moreover, get to know your teammates and peers throughout the organization. It’s important to make the most of your first three months on the job and you’ll be working with these people on many different projects. Research shows that professionals who are friends with their colleagues are happier with their jobs and enjoy work more. So, take the opportunity for a chat in the break room to learn more about your co-workers and letting them know a bit about you.

Starting a new job is very exciting but can also seem overwhelming. Take the time to observe the office dynamics and get to know your new colleagues. You’ll impress your supervisor with not only your experience and skills but also your motivation to stand out and become a team player.


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