The start of a new manufacturing job is exciting. You have endless opportunities for learning and growth ahead of you.
Of course, you want to begin your new role by making a positive impression. This can take some planning. The following steps can help.
Choose among these strategies to successfully begin working at your new manufacturing job.
Form Relationships with Coworkers
Get to know your coworkers professionally and personally.
- Talk about your coworkers’ roles, how long they have been with the company, and what they like best about the business.
- Find out which skills, abilities, and accomplishments are most valued in the organization.
- Request advice for putting in your best performance daily.
- Learn what the company meetings and events tend to be like.
- Discover where your coworkers like to go for happy hour.
- Ask about your coworkers’ families, hobbies, and favorite ways to spend their downtime.
- Suggest getting together for social activities.
Meet with Your Supervisor
Talk with your supervisor about their preferences, standards, and expectations.
- Learn your supervisor’s preferred frequency and methods of communication.
- Discuss the goals you are working toward.
- Find out how your performance will be measured.
- Collaborate on a development plan to enhance your knowledge, skills, and career path.
- Talk about training and advancement opportunities.
- Request ongoing constructive feedback to improve your performance.
- Keep your supervisor informed about the status of your projects.
- Ask questions.
- Share specific ways you are adding value to the organization.
- Request help when needed.
Engage During Meetings
Share your ideas, questions, insight, and opinions during individual, team, and company meetings.
- Listen carefully to what your coworkers or supervisor are saying.
- Contribute your thoughts to show engagement in the discussion.
- Demonstrate your knowledge and skills while contributing to the conversation.
Participate in Team Activities
Actively engage in the events planned for your team.
- Enhance your professional and personal relationships.
- Show your commitment to developing team collaboration and cohesion.
- If your downtime is limited, join in the most important activities.
- If you prefer to connect one-on-one, ask a teammate to have coffee or lunch instead.
Seek a Mentor
Look for a coworker who may serve as a guide while you work for the organization.
- Senior staff or strong performers in positions at your level or one level higher often are good options.
- Ask to get coffee so you can talk about a potential mentor-mentee relationship.
- Clarify what you are looking for in terms of time commitment, frequency of meetings, areas of coaching and development, and related issues.
Advance Your Career
When the time comes to find your next manufacturing job, make Staff Right Solutions part of your search. Here is a link to our job board.