20 Tips for your first day of work
Everyone feels a little stressed on their 1st day of a new job, this is very normal. So herewith a handy list of things to help you:
Prepare and ask questions. Show that you are curious and eager to learn. Types of questions to ask would be practical questions on how to succeed in your role.
Prepare an elevator pitch: a 30 second explainer of who you are, where you were before, your new role at this company. Bit of a brief explanation to new colleagues you meet
Show up early: 15 minutes before start time is a good idea. If you haven’t practiced the route to work before, it’s a good idea to do so before you start. You want to make a good 1st impression and also not feel stressed on your 1st day
Figure out the social landscape: partner with positive colleagues
Reasons why it is important to hire for Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
You could hire someone for the CV or for their degree or where they studied. You could hire them for what they know or who they know. But there is one trait that tops all that: emotional intelligence.
- In the interview listen to how the candidate answers the questions. Do they take time to think about the question in order to best illustrate an answer?
- Are they active listeners?
- Do they seem honest?
- Can they openly admit any prior mistakes, challenges?
- Do they ask you questions?
- Do they answer with more than just yes or no answers and give examples to illustrate where and how they did it and how it affected the company or team?
Are you investing in your top 20%?
Retention of key talent is a hot topic for every employer. It is crucial for you to identify your top 20% in your organisation and spend time in nurturing them. Some ideas on how to keep your good Employees from looking for other jobs:
The most obvious one is to pay higher than market value for your key talent. Research how much competing employers pay their employees. Use this information to create a budget to pay employees fairly for their skills and dedication. But there are also other creative ways that one can adopt to retain talent.
Understand what motivates your employees. Money is important as it does pay the bills and makes one feel valued, but knowing all your employees key motivators will also help.