The first day at a new job. The first week. The first month.
Starting a new job is a time of excitement–and perhaps no small amount of anxiety and trepidation. Will I like my boss and coworkers? Will I like the work I do? Will I be good at the work I do?
We all have these questions and more as we get settled into a new job.
But for women it’s even worse. Women are twice as likely than men to feel nervous until they’ve been in their new job a few months–and are more concerned than men about being liked in their new job.
And if you’re a boss, know that your people have these questions and concerns, and that you are in the perfect position to help them get past their nervousness and become engaged and fully contributing members of the team.
According to job and career networking site LinkedIn, there’s actually good reason for the anxiety we feel as new employees. People make plenty of mistakes in their first 90 days at a new job. Based on a survey of working professionals who manage others, the biggest mistakes people make in their first 90 days at a new job include:
1. Acting like a know-it-all (33 percent)
2. Failing to ask questions and clarify expectations (21 percent)
3. Trying to impose their ideas before they even learn the job (17 percent)
4. Taking on too much work, too soon (7 percent)
5. Ignoring corporate culture (6 percent)