The euphoria of landing your new job has settled down and the reality of starting the new job is sinking in. All you can think about is how you need to make a good impression, prove your ability, get along with people, make a contribution and prove they made the right choice in hiring you! Stressful, right?
Well, there is a way to reduce this stress and have you feeling in control – a 90 Day Plan. This not only reduces the uncertainty you face when stepping into a new role, it also provides you with a tangible plan to work towards, ensuring you make a smooth transition.
If you aren’t familiar with a 90 day plan, it is essentially a plan for your first 30, 60 and 90 days on the job. Each stage of your first 90 days has a specific goal, with a number of tasks that will enable you to achieve it.
Here is an example of a 90-Day plan, with suggested goals and tasks, to incorporate into your own customised plan.
30 Days – Understand
A common mistake made by many new employees is failing to take the time to understand the business, the key players and the expectations of them. This step will set you up not only for a successful transition, but long-term success in your new organisation.
In this stage, consider things like:
- Meeting with co-workers and stakeholders; what do they need from you and how can you form an effective working relationship?
- Understand what your boss expects from you – not only in terms of performance, but also communication, accountability etc.
- Find out what the vision and goals are for the wider organisation; how do you play a part in this?
- Learn about the organisation’s products and services.
- Take the time to understand the customers and clients of the organisation, regardless of whether you are customer facing or not.
60 Days – Profile Raising
By now you have the general lay of the land; you know the part you play, what is expected of you and the relationships that you need to build. It’s time to start building your profile in the business, so consider:
- Speaking up in meetings. A lot of newbies shy away from speaking up, because they are still building their knowledge – but now is not the time to be meek. The key is to have your voice heard; so ask questions, share your perspective as an ‘outsider’ and remember that you don’t need to be an expert to have a point of view.
- Make sure you are visible to your key stakeholders. If there are people outside of your immediate manager who have influence over you and your role, go out of your way to build a relationship with them, don’t hide away.
- Manage your boss’s expectations, by keeping him/her up to date on your progress, any wins or challenges you need their support with.
- Get social and arrange some coffee or lunch meetings with co workers and colleagues that you will be working closely with.
90 Days – Optimise
You have laid the foundations; you have good knowledge, are building relationships and are becoming known in your organisation. Now is the time to build on this and show them what you’re really made of.
How do you do this? Consider:
- Getting involved in a project that will showcase your capabilities and raise your profile.
- Be proactive in finding solutions and supporting your boss and colleagues.
- Find ways to drive improvement; maybe this is implementing or refining processes, finding better ways of working etc.
- Don’t lose focus – you know what your boss expects of you, so it’s about ensuring that you deliver against your defined goals and KPIs.
By day 91 you will feel like an integrated, contributing and valued member of your new organisation!
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