26 May

Starting a new job means introducing yourself to a lot of new people and getting yourself used to a new system and environment. If you are used to doing the introduction task face to face, it is certainly not the same as doing it remotely and it may be challenging because you know nothing about your new colleagues.

Instead of the typical half-day orientation where you get to know your new colleagues. What if many days after that are remote as a result of the coronavirus? And what if you aren’t able to meet your manager and colleagues in person for a while? How will you get to know your co-workers, get around with doing your job, or even know who to contact when you have questions?

Of course, trying to make a new start with a new company while working remotely is a bit scary. Keep in mind that you are hired for a reason and it may take some time to get up to speed with everything but give yourself time to adjust and be comfortable with working in this new environment.

Below, UASA has five tips to help you succeed when starting a new job remotely:

Prepare for a different type of on boarding

Prepare your mind to adjust from the traditional office meetings to virtual meetings. While every company has different ways to deal with certain things, they certainly will be available to get you started and brief you on the important details. On your end, it is up to you to reach out and ask for assistance when you are stuck or not sure about something. Just because everyone is working remotely, it doesn’t mean there is no help on standby.

Understand expectations

You might want to take some extra time to understand your manager’s expectations on everything from individual tasks to your overall responsibilities since you don’t have someone to guide you through in person.

To make sure that get up to speed in real-time, check in to see if there are any tools, systems, or processes that you need to learn about in your new role. Also, make sure to go over any goals or results expected from you within the first quarter, this will help you to have a clear vision of the work needed and results expected from you.

Because you are all still learning how to work remotely, you might realize that your boss checks on you constantly, that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t trust you but they are just looking out for you. You can work to build that trust by setting clear expectations and meeting those expectations in time.

Learn how your team communicates

As a new teammate, it is best to learn communication channels that are preferred by the team to make it easier to communicate. There are many communication channels to choose from including, text messages, phone calls, WhatsApp, email, Skype, or Zoom calls.

Choosing one communication medium will surely make things easy and quick for the team. As a team, you can choose zoom video calls for team meetings while phone calls or text messages can be used for quick questions throughout the day. Having a sense of your new co-workers’ communication preferences will make it comfortable for everyone to get to know one another and foster positive and productive interactions.

Ask for more information

The first thing you probably need to know from a colleague is their role, priorities, duties, and responsibilities that they need you to accomplish, and don’t be afraid to ask. If a co-worker reaches out by email with an assignment or task, always schedule a phone or video call to discuss the project further and make sure there is a clear understanding.

Talking to a colleague directly will help you understand how your work relates to larger projects and goals within the organization. This will allow you to fulfill your responsibilities in time and succeed at your job.

Get to know your colleagues better

Since you are working remotely, you may be worried about finding a trusted colleague to ask questions about the organization. You consider thinking back to the people you met and talked with during your interview process and reach out to them.

You can also ask your manager to send a message to teammates notifying them that you welcome phone calls or video meetings to get to know your colleagues better, this can be an icebreaker for you while you get to know your colleagues. Starting your job remotely at a time when everyone is getting used to working from home as well can be a bit difficult.

Of course, it might take longer before you feel comfortable and having a sense of belonging to the organization, all you need is to be proactive about the situation and give yourself time to adjust and be flexible.

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