The best things to do when starting a new job

Starting a new job can feel incredibly stressful. You walk into a completely new office environment (or check into a new virtual world). Then you meet mostly new people, some of whom are going to tell you how to spend the majority of your waking hours. No wonder it feels overwhelming to many people. But it doesn’t have to be this way – there are a few things anyone can do to ease into starting a new job.

10 – Write down every question you ask (and the answers you get)

Asking questions is crucial to success when starting a new job

When you’re starting a new job, you’re bound to have a lot of questions. From small things like asking where mugs are kept all the way up to the big questions about company strategy, it’s natural. If you didn’t have any questions, that’s an indication that either the company is a stellar communicator or you are in the wrong job.

So when you have questions, write them down! Even if you’re able to ask them and get the answer immediately, still write them down. And make sure you write the answers you get, too.

When you write things down, you get three benefits:

Benefit one: It’s documented for you. So if you forget where things are, or how to do something, you have a handy guide to refer back to. You likely won’t remember every little detail that people share, so having it documented is really helpful. This can be either in a notepad, in a document, or a notes app on your phone or computer. As long as you keep it in a specific folder so you always know where it is, you’ll get this benefit.

Benefit two: You can help other people. If your company is growing and hiring people, it’s only a matter of time before you’re being asked the same questions you once asked when you were new at the company.

Benefit three: You get to talk to new people. Sometimes the answer to one of your questions will be “go ask [person’s name].” With you write down all your questions and the answer of who can help you, you naturally get to meet new people in the company.

Bonus: If you’re super organized, you can develop an FAQ handbook about the company and the office. It could become a handy resource for all employees to answer those nitpicky questions everyone has, but some people may be too afraid to ask.

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