3 ways to start strong at your new job

You're hired: Now what?

Getting a new job is just the start. The first days and weeks in your next position are critical for institutional and personal success, Nicole Matros, a community college career coach, writes for Vitae.

Matros outlines three lessons to keep in mind when you move into your new role.

1. Network right away—with more than just the usual targets.

"You should be in pure relationship-building mode," Matros writes. "Whatever time you can spare should be spent in the company of new colleagues and teammates."

Focus this time on informational interviews, and be sure you're meeting with people not just above you but also those working below you and in areas only tangentially related to your responsibilities, Matros says.

"Without a concerted effort, it's easy to feel like you are connecting with plenty of people—when the reality is, you are connecting with the most obvious people: the ones who naturally cross your path," Matros writes.

She suggests breaking out the staff directory and going through it.

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2. Consider vision and execution when planning projects.

"Some of us are natural openers, relishing expansion, inspiration, and innovation. Others are natural closers, offering the means for the message, the practical steps, and the stratagems," Matros writes.

Don't get caught up in big projects you can't make progress on in a few months—break larger tasks into smaller, more manageable parts, Matros says. Be sure to recognize team and personal success along the way.

3. Keep pushing your professional development.

You got the job, but your job isn't done. Comb through your resume and look for holes—then prioritize projects that will fill in those gaps, Matros suggests.

"Maintaining a job-market mentality even in the wake of a successful search is, in the end, the smartest way to start," Matros writes (Matros, Vitae, 8/8).

Managers: You've filled the position. Now what?

Retaining new hires is one of the longstanding challenges in health care. Despite manager and HR efforts, newly hired employees continue to turn over at a rate far above that of more tenured staff members. In fact, new hire turnover is a disproportionate driver of an institution's overall turnover rate. Nationally, employees with less than one year of tenure make up nearly 25 percent of all health care turnover.

But there's good news: better employee onboarding can dramatically reduce these rates. And we have two toolkits to help you improve the onboarding process, including editable templates, checklists, and guides to equip both HR and managers to efficiently and effectively onboard new employees.


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