First 90 Days

Let me tell you why it’s so important to have plan for your new job.

Particularly your first 90 days.

You see, in this short period of time, you form your character.

Meaning how your coworkers see you – whether you’re reliable, or whether you’re valuable.

And in those 90 days, it’s up to you to maximize your input and output.

You see, this character that you establish is your starting point.

It sets you up for success.

So today, I’m gonna help you come up with your own game plan.

So, I came across this survey.

It says that around 40% of management hires fail in their first year at a new job.

And here are three main reasons why:

First, they failed to set the right priorities for their job.

And second, they didn’t fit in the culture.

And then third, it took too long for them to step up.

So you see, once you begin badly

It’s gonna be hard to get back on track.

So, it’s best for you to outline a plan for your first 90 days.

And it begins even before your first day in the office.

So, let’s say you’ve just accepted an offer. Good. Now you can begin your plan.

Consider this for your first task:

You probably already know about the company background and all that.

You did your research before the job interview.

So now, what you can do is read up more. Read about company news, read about the key people you’re gonna deal with.

And, if possible, start using the company’s product or service.

Doesn’t matter if you’re not in sales or product development.

It’s best to take time to know the product inside out.

This way, you’ll get a bit of a head start.

Instead of spending your first day learning about the product or service

You can move on to other tasks, like getting to know your team.

Another thing you can do early on,

Is to learn where you fit in the company.

You were hired to bring value, but it what way specifically?

It could be to get more clients, to improve a process, or to solve problems.

This way you can make strategies based on your purpose.

Read this article of deniz sasal LIG review on how he failed and rose again.

Good? Alright, so let’s continue.

One of your first tasks one your first few days could be this,

Find out the best way to communicate with your boss

So, do they prefer email or talking in person?

And then

Get to know your team

Not only their names, but get to know how they work.

Also, in your first few days, observe the workplace culture.

See how your coworkers interact, how they deal with conflict.

It’ll help you know better on how to work with these people

And build good working relationships with them

And also, it’s gonna give you an idea on the real values in your company.

And, another important thing, ask questions.

Ask how things are done.

Chances are, it’s gonna be a lot different.

Maybe the delegation of tasks is different. Maybe they use another tool or software.

Ask why things are done a certain way.

Sure. you might have a totally different idea on how things should be done

But remember, you’re not in a position to make judgements yet

Alright so, eventually, you can also work on addressing any gaps in skills.

Sometimes, when you’re new at a job, your tendency is this,

You tend to lean towards the tasks you know you’re already good at

And tasks you’re comfortable doing

And it’s easy to overlook the tasks you could be better at

But remember that you’re not only preparing for your job now

But also for that future. And for possible promotions.

So, these gaps in skills,

It could be something simple, like improving your presentation skills.

Or it could be something more complex like learning advanced programming functions.

Okay, and then eventually, you might also want to speed up the learning process

You know, beat the learning curve.

By this time, you probably know your main tasks well.

So, it’s a good time to say yes to everything.

Take on new projects. Join events. Just put yourself out there.

This is gonna give you a good grasp on what the best practices are.

This way, you can also show your boss that you can deliver.

And of course, showing that you can deliver establishes trust and reliability.

Another task that you might want to work on is this,

Building a good working relationship

First, to the people at the higher level.

So this means not only your boss,

But also the boss of your boss and the senior partners.

And your boss’ assistant too.

Next, the ones at a lateral level.

Meaning your peers, your clients, and other partners.

And lastly, your coworkers at a lower level.

This includes the support staff.

Now, all of these people, they play a key role to your success.

Alright so, speaking of working relationships,

You can use your first 90 days to find yourself a mentor.

You see, a mentor helps you avoid early mistakes.

Maybe you made a bad call in your first few weeks.

But if you keep making the same mistakes this early, you’ll be stuck in a negative feedback loop.

This is what happens when you keep making these early mistakes

And you lose your coworkers trust. And it can be very hard to redeem yourself.

Okay, so, moving forward…

Once you’ve pretty much settled in,

You could take time and look at your performance. See how you’re doing so far.

And see if there’s any other gaps you should address.

For this, you can use a tool, it’s called SWOT analysis.

So, first, strengths. What are you really good at so far?

Next, weaknesses. What are the things you could be much better at?

And then, opportunities.

And lastly, threats. What are you vulnerable to?

Alright, so now, I  want to talk to you about another thing.

Now, one of the most important goals for your first 90 days is this.

To build credibility.

You see, this is probably the best way to create value for your employer.

One way to build credibility is by investing in “early wins.”

So, these “early wins,” they gain confidence.

They give you credibility.

They make your boss look good.

And most importantly, they increase your value.

So first, what you could do here is to know what’s an early win for you.

Start by looking at your boss expectations.

I guess you already have a good idea of what’s expected of you

So you can start there

Think about how you can exceed your boss’ expectations

Then identify opportunities that allow you to do just that

It could be solving a problem before it gets worse.

Try to get at least one early win in your first 90 days

And you’re off to a good start.