After Your First 90 Days At A New Job
"Congratulations! You made it past your first 90 days at your new job. Hopefully, it went smooth and now you can focus on building your tenure into something great. Even if your first 90 days was a little rocky, you can still turn it around into something positive. Your first 90 days was a time of acclimation, learning and fighting the jitters. Beyond your first 90 days there is still a lot to learn but now it’s more about performing and contributing." - The Daily MBA
WHAT WORKED, WHAT DIDN’T
Time to be honest with yourself, let's review your last 90 days and plan ahead for the next 90. This assessment review is to see what worked and what didn't, with a clear view of how you are meshing into the company culture and how easy it is for you to get your goals accomplished in this environment. It is important to have a good rapport with your new supervisor (which we hope you do), so it's time to sit down and go over how they perceive your performance. This review session will help you dig deeper into what areas you are fantastically performing and what areas need some more work.
"Once you understand how you did, create an action plan for the next 90 days on how you will maintain and improve. This method of evaluating your performance every 90 days is a great way to think about your tenure. Ninety day increments are long enough to get meaningful work done, yet short enough to remember what you did. Make this part of your one-on-one. Doing this will allow you to focus on what’s important and have check in points more often than your annual review." - The Daily MBA
Tip: Create a 90 day plan for yourself. Review the plan with your boss to ensure that you are working on the right tasks
TAKING ON MORE RESPONSIBILITY
As you grow into your new role, it's only natural that you immerse yourself more into the company and become involved. This path of taking on more responsibility can lead to senior roles if desired. Taking on new tasks and slowly taking on more can show your supervisors that are a valuable employee with growth potential. More responsibility does come tied with more accountability so make sure you are ready for the challenge when you step up.
"Tip: Perform your assigned tasks well and on schedule. This will naturally lead to more responsibly. Be self-aware as to what you can safely handle while still making your commitments." - The Daily MBA
BUILDING STRONGER BONDS
Everyone from the CEO to your coworkers is crucial to your success. These are the people you see and collaborate with daily, the ones you eat lunch with, and the ones you team up with to accomplish company goals. Through long hours of working and problem-solving, you will naturally build professional and personal bonds with people. These relationships and connections will ultimately determine your experience at your company, so it is important to get to know these people on a professional and personal level. Take a closer look at what they do and why they do it, take a look at how they contribute to the overall success of the company. Interacting will naturally lead to building strong bonds with your co-workers.
In some companies, it can be difficult to build bonds with senior management since you may not interact with them on a daily basis or in the same areas. Even so, with this hurdle, it is important to have your superiors at least know who you are and what you do.
"Tip: Be curious about what others do so that you understand how everyone fits into the company. Get to know your co-workers at a personal level."
Success can be many things to many people. One essential way to succeed is to become the "go-to" person when a major project needs to be done and done well. Getting to this point requires you to understand thoroughly your company culture and to know the strength and weaknesses of your coworkers. Indispensable people are the ones that get pulled into discussions or projects where their expertise can be used to rapidly and effectively solve problems. Keep in mind that indispensable people are highly valued but that does not mean irreplaceable.
"Tip: Find a project or task that gives you the visibility to show that you are indispensable. Strive to always meet commitments and be the go to person for difficult tasks." - The Daily MBA
SETTING THE STAGE FOR PROMOTION
If you want to move on to the next level then a key part of this is to understand how your company promotes people. This can be different from boss to boss, from company to company, and even department to department. Once you know the rules you can now have a clear line of sight to be promoted.
One thing that many people do not talk about is the importance of mentoring someone to take your old position. You must train and mentor this person to be able to pick up where you left off so you can comfortably be able to move up to your next role. This leaves no room for excuses of who can take over your responsibilities.
"Tip: The best way to get promoted is to train your replacement." - The Daily MBA
THE JOURNEY NEVER ENDS
"Your tenure will be a constant revolving of these 90 day plans until you leave or run the place. Thinking in terms of 90 day increments will allow you to focus on what’s important but also allow you to show your boss the value you add at regular increments. This is vital because your yearly review is too infrequent and not a good tool to ensure that you are delivering to you and your bosses expectations. Ninety day plans are also a great way to set expectations so that you and your boss are aligned to what is important." " - The Daily MBA
Tip: Make the 90 day plan a regular part of your career building toolkit.