How to reset your expectations as a new employee and stay longer in that company

A new job is both the most exciting and nerve-wracking event of our life.

Exciting, because you have expectations about your new colleagues, new office and work.

Nerve wracking, because you almost always know in your heart that these expectations are probably too high and that they might totally disappoint you.

My ideal job: is where you do not even get time to think about the expectations you had before joining. It must be such hard core neuron firing job that you must feel that you are achieving something every single day.

Question is: Who is responsible for your ideal job? Is it only you? Does the company too have part responsibility in helping make your job ideal?

My answer (opinion, rather): 90%* our responsibility (after all it’s our job and we tag the idealness to it) and at least 10%* is company’s responsibility. Usually we get into the company knowing the salary, type of work we can expect and so on, but it’s the facilities and culture shock that sends the employee expectations off-balance; that is where, the company has to pitch in its 10%.

Let me begin with the 10%.If the company projects the work environment to prospective employees am sure many employees who do come in will be happy at work, majority of the days. Of course every company has its own set of eternally disgruntled employees which cannot be avoided but majority of the employees will be happy to work as they would have set their expectations based on what has been projected to them and they will continue to have reasonable expectations from their work and company as long as they work.

A company should try to create reasonable expectations on their prospective employees by projecting the work environment and available specific facilities. Why? Because

a)      This would automatically filter out employees who in future might have problem with the very same work environment and facilities.

b)     Company protects itself from the usual reasons of employee dis-satisfaction, thus vastly increasing the productivity and happiness quotient of its employees.

That was the company’s 10% , what about the employee’s 90%?

Well, the below points will help you to put in your 90% and achieve your ideal job:

a)      You need to control your expectations; a scenario where your expectation drives you is dangerous.

b)     Try to be positive, the first few weeks are always difficult, after all it is a new environment and adjustment takes time.

c)      Be open to new experiences. Everything doesn’t have to go your way or even the old way, different is sometimes better for growth. I have heard many new employees quoting by comparison, “The food was better in my old company’s canteen”, “My ex-company manager was better than the new manager”. No two companies are the same, neither will the work culture be, you on the other hand are the same person, blend in and enjoy the new job.

d)     When you are disappointed with your new job almost always try to see a silver lining. You are not happy with the type of work you do? why not do the work given to you so well that people set a different benchmark for your type of work?(after all you are a new employee, somebody somewhere is definitely noticing your work :)) My policy: No work is worthless, every bit we do is adding up somewhere , helping something.

e)      Work harder, smarter and better.

f)       Be clear about your priorities. Never compromise on your priorities, that said, never compromise on your commitments, integrity and ethics either.

g)      Do not ever crib to your new colleagues. Among many other serious consequences the least harmful will be that it will lead to chain-cribbing which will in turn only frustrate you more.
You have joined the company; it was your decision, stick by it and be sportive enough to gain something out of that decision even if for some reason you regret the decision. Cribbing or getting frustrated won’t help you or the company.

h)     Last but not the least, it’s always easy to quit, what requires strength is to persevere. Your aim should not be to become an old employee of the company; it should be to transition from a new employee to an experienced employee. An employee who can command respect by virtue of his/her work and professionalism.

Everybody wants a job and job satisfaction, but how many of us actually strive for it? Like the pursuit of happiness you also need to pursue job satisfaction.

All the very best for the people who are taking up a new job and for people who are happy with their jobs spread the inspiration by letting me know how you all think a new employee should adjust his/her expectations and enjoy his/her job..

*These figures are not based on any analysis, it’s my general opinion and it must get the lenience due for it 🙂

3 thoughts on “How to reset your expectations as a new employee and stay longer in that company”

  1. Gopala Krishnan

    relevant topic for any new employer and a ne joinee..no jargons…simple and to the point structured writing..

  2. Wow! I completely agree with your opinion. This blog can help many new joinees (with their own ideals) to understand their expectations and it can help them to get along with their work and work environment. Well said 🙂

    1. @Shalini: Thank you for your comment. Being a new joinee myself i could empathize with many new joinees who are trying their best to handle their expectations. Glad you too agree with my view point 🙂

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