Zeal, a trap?

To impress your new boss, you may be tempted to do too much. Warning: this attitude may work against you.

You are being initiated to the operation of a new business? It is best not to be zealous.

“An employer would first like you to make honest efforts to align you to the culture of the company,” said Martine Lemond, psychoeducator, guidance counselor and director of professional services at Brisson Legris.

If your main concern is to differentiate yourself from the rest of your new team, you may have trouble to integrate therein harmoniously.

In any human group already formed, it’s to the newcomer to make concessions.

“Appreciate your colleagues and make you appreciate of them within a company, it is at least as important as your competence,” explains Lemonde.

You might offend your colleagues criticizing their ways, rightly or wrongly, upon arrival in the company.

“I already had to intervene to moderate the ardor that put some new to reform their office,” she says.

Before trying to improve the functioning of your company, wait to know it better!

Place the bar too high

During your first few weeks of work, you should also avoid impose on you an unsustainable pace of work.

“By adopting a frantic work pace, you are creating unrealistic expectations with your employer, deplores Martine Lemond. If your pace is slowing, it is often interpreted as looseness. “

It is normal for the first few weeks motivation tenfold your energy. So use your extra vitality to absorb the subtleties of your new organization and not to be a Superman of work.

Avoid sufficiency

“If you want to look perfect, your colleagues and your boss will have more difficulty digesting your weaknesses when they find them,” said Mrs. Lemonde.

In a new work environment, have the humility of the beginner. You may sometimes be embarrassed to ask questions that reveal your ignorance. But better to avoid falling into the trap of zeal by giving the impression that you know everything, right away.

Source : Jobboom Website, published February 2, 2009, by Louis-Philippe Messier, translated by Anick Giroux.

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