As a supplier of interim professionals, we now know better than anyone that starting in a new position in corona time is no longer the same. The usual tour of the office where you visually record which department sits where is no longer there. Nevertheless, you want to be able to deliver value quickly and find your way around. We asked our ICE practitioners to share the best 'starting up in corona time' tips. Below are 10 tips!
1. Getting off to a flying start anyway!
Make sure the assignment is clear beforehand. Put your idea of the assignment on paper and verify it with your client. Access to your e-mail and/or office, a no brainer but you really can't start without it. In addition, it is nice to know who you need to talk to. A list of the main contacts will help. Get invited to all relevant meetings, you'll be everywhere right from the first week.
2. Outline the organisation
Sketch a picture of the organisational structure. Which work structure is used, how are the lines of communication, which teams are there, are they multidisciplinary, and so on. Keep it to a sketch, otherwise this tip may cost you too much time. It can help you find your way around the organisation. Probably this is an outline that can be expanded by time.
3. The roadmap to your success
You have verified your assignment and you probably already have an idea of when your assignment will be successful. Create a roadmap to achieve that success. What do you think needs to be done to successfully complete the assignment. This roadmap is for yourself, an organic document that you can update throughout your assignment. This is your handhold, possibly to be shared with your stakeholders.
4. Align, align, align
Keep aligning mutual expectations. In the beginning, schedule a daily call with your buddy or client. This does not have to take more than 15 minutes. Agree on what you are and will be working on and whether it fits the scope. After a week or 10 days, phase out the calls.
5. Sharing knowledge within the organisation
Make sure you find out how knowledge is shared within the organisation. Are there reviews? Is there an intranet? Is an internal social channel used? Know where to find information about the ins and outs of the organisation.
6. Get to know your colleagues
Schedule introductory meetings. Do this with the main contacts from tip 1 but also with your teammates. Not everyone may be needed for your assignment, yet it is useful to speak to them, your new colleagues are full of valuable knowledge and information. Decide in advance what you want to know about your colleague from a business perspective but make sure the conversation is mainly about getting to know each other. Along with tip 1, your agenda is already starting to fill up nicely.
7. Working undisturbed
Do you have a space at home where you can work undisturbed? Make use of it! A new assignment deserves full attention and working undisturbed helps.
8. Good connection
These days, your wifi is struggling, everyone is at home and online. Your video connection falters and it becomes difficult to follow your colleagues. Very annoying! Make sure you have a good connection and, if necessary, invest in an extra wifi point in your home.
9. Flexible working
You have children, fellow residents, struggle with tips 6 and 7? Maybe you manage to find more focus during other hours. You notice that trust in each other grows by working from home, business life does not fall silent. Agree with your client whether your hours can also be made in the evening or on weekends should that be convenient. It's often about making the hours and completing the assignment successfully.
10. Social animal
Get invited to the group app, digital drinks, internal socials and all other social affairs. You will be quickly included as a new colleague and you will get everything from your colleagues both in business and in private 😉