Starting a New Job: Some Tips for Early Success - Page 2
Ask your boss who the strongest person in the department is, and get to know them and imitate their work.
In the very beginning, ask your boss “if I were to imitate someone’s work, whose work should that be.” There’s no point in reinventing the wheel, so if there’s already a strong player in the department whose work is solid; do what they do. This will give you a model of work to follow and it tells your boss your thinking about the quality of what you’ll be turning in.
You can also use this strong person as a “pre check” before submitting things to your boss. If a pier finds errors in your work, it’s a “bloodless foul,” because your boss will likely never know about it. The boss will just see your correct, finished product; which will make you look good. Coworkers can also give insight into what bosses like or don’t like, and what the important versus non-important issues are.
The most important mantra for the work place: “Accuracy Trumps Speed!”
This is the most important lesson for anybody starting a job. No matter how fast you produce something, if there are errors, speed won’t matter. Your work won’t have credibility, and doing it again or fixing it will always take more time than if you’d done it correctly in the first place.
On the flip side of this; if you do work well, carefully, and it’s correct; as you do the process more and more, speed and efficiency will come. It may be painfully slow at first, but it’s worth the time investment to get it right.
I’m in finance; so I completely understand the pressure that comes from hard deadlines and due dates. If your boss has a meeting tomorrow morning and needs your numbers tonight; you may not have time to do the “deep checking” you’d like. If you’re dealing with this kind of situation, “declare it.”
Submit your work with an e-mail or note saying “I did this quickly to meet your deadline, but I will continue to review; and if there are any errors or changes, I’ll communicate those ASAP.” Make clear your submitting a “Draft” so that if there are errors or changes later, you’ve at least put your boss on notice that you’re aware of the increased chance of a mistake.Continued on the next page