First Day Jitters: What It’s Like to Be A New Hire
Written by new M3 Group hire Amanda Fischer on her first day on the job
Do you remember your first day at your job? Most of us probably recall a blur of events, but what we tend to forget is how we felt.
As someone who is writing this blog on her first day, I am going to take you back to those first day jitters to help you prepare for the coming of your next employee. If you’re starting a new job, don’t worry because this will help you prepare for your next endeavor, as well.
Being a new employee isn’t easy. When it comes to starting a job, you can prepare all you want, but until you get there, you don’t know what you don’t know.
This morning, I joined the M3 Group team, and despite my excitement and eagerness to start, I was nervous. Driving into work, my stomach was full of butterflies, and a million small worries crossed my mind: What if I can’t find parking? I hope I’m not late. What door do I go in? How will I find my desk?
You get the point.
Most employers go over job descriptions and larger aspects of the position, but small details like the ones I stressed over this morning are often overlooked by both employee and employer. Businesses can better prepare new employees by having someone in a similar role write out their daily activities and using it to formulate a list of things to let your employees know before their start dates. Conversely, new hires should take time to write down questions they have about the job before beginning.
Once I got in the building, most of my anxiety subsided. I was met at the door by a coworker who promptly gave me a tour of the office, showed me where I would be working and introduced me to many of my coworkers. Feeling awkward is inevitable when beginning a new position, but this made me feel significantly less awkward because I didn’t have to wander around or sit at the entrance waiting for someone to come tell me where to be and what to do.
The first day often feels confusing, unorganized and lacking direction to new people, but it doesn’t have to be. Let’s be honest, you’re busy. You can’t push deadlines and halt productivity to stand by your new hire’s side all day, but there are a few things you can provide to employees to clear up ambiguity and give direction to individuals when you aren’t available:
- Orientation agenda
- Handbook and company policies documents
- Organizational chart
- Company mission and vision statements
- Calendar of important dates
- Pay schedule and information
- List of small projects to work on during downtime
New hires, you shouldn’t be afraid to reach out to coworkers and see if there are things you could do or advice they have for you.
Like many individuals starting a job, I was worried about meeting new people and whether we would get along. I quickly learned it would not be a problem at M3 Group. My peers worked to make me feel comfortable, ensuring I stayed up to date on when meetings were and how the organization worked. I must have had three coworkers inform me about our Monday meeting and walk me through what it looks like. Their actions were thoughtful, and it helped immensely to have people who were willing to go out of their way to make sure I knew the lay of the land.
It is important to remember how scary it can be for a person to come in and meet a group of new people. You don’t know who they are, what the work environment is like or what they will think of you. To help new hires feel more comfortable and integrate them into the company, consider pairing new employees with a mentor or hosting a lunch to welcome new employees. As a new employee, it can be scary to put yourself out there, but opening yourself up to your coworkers and projects will start you out on the right foot and show initiative.
With all the fears of beginning a new job, comes an even greater excitement to dive in and get to work – personally, I have been enthusiastic about getting my hands dirty and contributing to the successes of my new venture since I accepted the job. Before you can get to that point, you must complete preliminary paperwork and have the proper materials. If you’re starting a new job, you should bring the following items on your first day:
- Direct deposit, tax and 401K information
- Proper identification (passport or license and social security card)
- Office supplies
- Reusable water bottle
- Vehicle registration
The more prepared you are for your first day, the quicker you will be able to get to work.
As I write about being new, the feeling I hope to never forget is the excitement I have for my future at M3 Group. Employee or employer, you have the power to help make your first impression a good one. Be prepared, be open and be ready to help your organization grow and prosper.