Starting a new job is never easy. Often you’re left wondering what’s really expected of you on a granular scale. 99U suggests that one of the best ways to make a transition to a new job easier is to establish expectations early on by defining what a “win” is in your boss’s eyes.
Chances are that you’re going to spend the first three months at your job finding a balance impressing your new boss and not screwing things up too much. It might sound like common sense that you need to figure out what’s expected of you, but it’s often not as cut and dried and you’d think. 99U explains:
According to [author Michael] Watkins, one of the keys to success in a new role is to secure early wins: “Early wins excite and energize people, build your credibility, and quickly create value for your organisation.” But it is important to define what a win is in your boss’s eyes. What does she expect you to learn and accomplish? How quickly does she expect to see results? The more clarity you build around these issues, the easier your transition will be.
Once you know what those expectations are, and what really qualifies as exceeding those, you can work on all those other things that are expected of you when you start a new job.
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