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What Are the Top Challenges for New Hires?

Most people begin a new job with a mixture of excitement and anxiety. New employees want to make sure they do a good job and mesh well with their coworkers. According to a recent survey by Accountemps, learning new processes and procedures tops the list as the biggest challenge when starting a new job.

The survey of 420 workers and 1,014 senior managers in the U.S. found that 60% of managers and 40% of workers cited learning new processes and procedures as their biggest challenge. One out of five workers and managers cited getting to know a new boss and coworkers as the biggest challenge.

Accountemps offers the following tips for employees starting a new job in 2013:

  • Clarify expectations. Make a list of goals and responsibilities with your supervisor and create a sensible timeline for achieving them. Be sure to request feedback along the way to make sure you’re on target.
  • Find a role model. An experienced employee is invaluable because he or she can offer insight related to office conduct and what’s expected performance-wise.
  • Observe, listen, and learn. Each organization is unique in that it has its own unwritten rules. Watch how a top performer approaches issues and try to mimic his or her behavior.
  • Grab a bite to eat. Get to know your colleagues at a less formal setting such as lunchtime to help build relationships.
  • Travel in different circles. Take advantage of orientation and training courses to network with your coworkers in different departments.
  • Ask questions. Many new hires make the mistake of not asking enough questions. When in doubt about something, seek clarification.
  • Find a balance. It’s important to project confidence, but not come across as a know-it-all. Listen and digest all information before making suggestions for alternatives to current practices.

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