stepping into a new role - 5 tips for success

imageMillennials are likely to switch jobs more frequently. A recent survey conducted by Gallup revealed that 21% millennials said they’ve changed jobs within the past year and six in ten millennials are open to new job opportunities. There is no doubt that the current generation of workers are not afraid to take on new challenges and explore new career horizons, they also need to be prepared for those opportunities. Getting into a new role is one thing, but becoming a high performing employee demands long-term focus and commitment. 
Here are four tips that employees need to keep in mind, when taking up a new role. 

1. Understanding the role context 

Taking a bird’s eye view to figure where and how one fits in needs careful contemplation. Why was the role created? Where does it fit in the strategic business goals of the organization? How does one’s KRA affect his/her team’s efficiency? These questions sets the premise for what is expected  and also helps with personal goal-setting. Clarity on each of the above points provides a good head-start for adapting into the new job role. 

2. Preparation in advance 

Understanding the ‘why’ he/she was chosen for a particular role is the key. While knowledge of the skills that one brings to the team helps recognize personal strengths, assessing what is needed to  perform , helps on the job learning. Whether it’s a new industry or a new company or a parallel role within the same organization, researching on the latest information, that includes going through reading material, website references, annual reports, competitive analysis, etc. that provides a well-rounded view of the business context and organization and team goals. 

3. Alignment with the new manager and team 

Formal introductions are a norm in almost all organizations and it is imperative to make an effort to establish an understanding of the new manager and team. While it does take some time to adjust to the new work processes and the team’s rhythm, an open and friendly approach from the beginning provides the much-needed edge. Understanding the status quo and trying to develop strong relationships with all stakeholders, engaging with people at all levels gives a much better perspective of the role and the collaboration required for effective outcomes. Strong professional relationships are also likely to help build a stronger professional network and a cordial work environment. 

4. Understanding the measure of success 

Most job descriptions gives a fair picture of what is expected from the potential employee, but this is a good question to ask at the beginning itself. For some roles such as a sales manager, the measuring yardstick is as simple and easily quantifiable as the sales figures, whereas for other roles there could be multiple ways of evaluating a performance. E.g. the measurement of the contribution of a copy writer or a software developer to the bottom line maybe more subjective. Knowing when and how one’s performance will be evaluated helps to set SMART objectives and adhere to them. 

5. Imbibing the organization’s mission and values 

imageIt is always advisable to ask the recruiting manager, specific questions about the work environment. Spending time observing and learning about the company’s work culture is a good practice. Learning about the firm’s mission statement and its values helps to draw parallels to past working experiences and take necessary steps for a successful tenure. Knowing such information will help you ease into a new work environment and adapt more quickly. 
Getting a new role is only half the battle, excelling calls for a lot of hard work and planning and given the VUCA industrial environment, openness to learning, quick adaptability and flexibility are some of the top preferred attributes in today’s employees. So whether it is stepping into a new role or  preparing for any upcoming changes in the organization, being proactive and adaptive will prove to be an asset for most competitive organizations.