Most new hires have less than 90 days to prove themselves, according to a new report from staffing firm Robert Half. Luckily, the company is offering some tips for making the grade.
A majority of the executives surveyed (54%) for a new Robert Half Finance & Accounting survey said that new hires must prove themselves within three months.
For a picky minority (9%), the trial period is just one month.
This is real stress for the new employee. After all, these folks have spent years preparing for the job, weeks – or months – going through the interview process – only to face intense scrutiny while trying to find their way around in a new work environment.
Fortunately, the experts at Robert Half are offering some tips:
Do show up early. Arriving ahead of schedule will give you time to settle in, review your calendar and organize your day.
Don’t be a know-it-all. Resist the urge to tout how things were done at your previous company; instead, learn how to do it your new firm’s way before suggesting any changes.
Do ask for help. Seek assistance if you need it. Request a weekly check-in with your boss to get feedback on your progress and discuss further training. Be an information sponge.
Don’t rock the boat. Avoid kicking off your tenure by requesting a flexible schedule or extra time off — that should have been handled during the negotiation process. Also, observe the corporate culture and model your behavior accordingly.
Do say “thank you.” No gesture of help is too small to warrant appreciation. Showing sincere gratitude goes a long way and will make coworkers more likely to want to lend you a hand in the future. And, of course, return the favor when they come to you for assistance.
Don’t isolate yourself. Invite your colleagues to lunch or coffee to network and gain insights into their jobs. As you learn more about their work, look for ways you can assist them.
It’s important that new hires follow all of these tips. After all, news hires are faced with a stark choice: 3 months to make the grade, or years of regretting their failure to do so.