So you have the job, and you're getting ready for your first day. Obviously, you want to make a difference and show that you belong as soon as possible. But how? Being the new hire can be difficult. On the one hand, you only can go up. On the other, you're unproven and maybe not quite trusted yet by your coworkers. There's only one way to show that you belong, especially in a business environment: Create value for your employer. Creating value can be as straightforward as bringing in new business, but in the B2B marketing world it's difficult to attribute new business to your actions. Here are 4 surefire ways you can create value for your employer.
1. Speak Up
Speaking up at a new place around new people is extremely intimidating. Doing it can definitely earn respect. Having the confidence to make a comment or ask a question is the first step in earning trust and approval from your new coworkers and bosses. When it comes to speaking up, confidence is key but it's also important to be able to accept criticism when you're wrong. Otherwise, you just look cocky.
2. Have a take
Now that you're confident enough to speak up...What are you going to say? Having a take on a subject and sharing your opinion leads to productive conversations in the workplace. People love to be challenged, whether they admit to it or not. Challenging your coworkers and bosses can help yourself and them grow. Being able to communicate your opinion shows that you have solid interpersonal skills. It also puts your public speaking and persuasive abilities on display. Sharing your takes shows courage and intelligence. Extra points for backing your opinions up with data and other evidence.
3. Be Honest
It's definitely scary to say disagree or be honest with a superior, whether its your boss or someone who's been around longer than you have. However, the company that hired you probably wasn't looking for someone to be a "yes man". The concept of "radical candor" has taken many workplaces by storm. This involves being brutally honest to coworkers, superiors, and underlings alike, with the common understanding that any criticism is for the betterment of those individuals and the organization. Living this value is important to your business environment. Some of your coworkers might take it the wrong way, but in the right environment honesty will earn trust.
4. Find a way to do things better, faster, stronger, cheaper.
Get your creative juices flowing. As the new hire in the office, you bring a unique, never before seen perspective to your employer's operations, processes, and culture. Finding a way to do things better, faster, stronger, or cheaper (BFSC) is proves that you can create value. Creating value for your business blows the door open to being a trusted member of the team. It can be as simple as finding new revenue streams or a way to cut costs. On the other hand, use BFSC to show your creativity as well as dedication to the organization as a whole.
A new company and situation is a tough place to be. Things are still unfamiliar and you're unsure of what your coworkers might think of you. Showing who you are through confidence, honesty, and creativity will, without a doubt, earn the respect of your coworkers. Keep in mind that everyone wants to make the business better. Acting to advance the interests of your employer will garner trust and regard from your fellow employees and your superiors.