A new survey released by The Creative Group
asked about 200 Canadian marketing executives "On average, how many weeks would you say someone is in a role before you know he or she is a good fit for the job?"
The average answer was ten weeks.
"Employers today expect new hires to adapt quickly to their work environment and start making immediate contributions," said Lara Dodo, regional vice president of The Creative Group in a press release. "The faster employees can learn both the written and unwritten rules of the organisation, the more quickly they'll fit in and establish themselves as productive and valued team members."
Knowing those first 50 days matter can help new hires strive to fit in. The Creative Group suggest that within the first days of a new job new employees meet with their managers and discuss their role in the company including responsibilities, immediate priorities and how your position fits into the company as a whole. During this initial meeting it is important to learn how performance will be evaluated and request feedback on how you are doing in the coming weeks.
Be a people watcher. When do co-workers arrive and leave the office. How do your office mates communicate, are they on instant messengers or talking to each other face to face?
Become friends with your co-workers.
Know the office etiquette for your new employers when it comes to meetings. Are meetings a free-for-all or is it a formal time?
Wait a while before you propose to make changes. Let yourself be part of the team and earn other's trust before you make suggestions for drastic change.