How to Survive Your First Few Weeks In a New Role

How to Survive Your First Few Weeks In a New Role

So, you’ve finally got the job. Congratulations!

Now that you are starting your new role soon (or have already started working), you might feel a little anxious. After all, it’s a new workplace, new people, and new responsibilities. In that case, are you ready to take on your duties and meet the requirements of the company?

The good news is that you already possess the key skills required of you to perform your duties. What’s left for you to accomplish is applying them efficiently on planning, executing and managing your tasks.

The first few weeks in a new job may seem hard to get through, but these tips will help you to survive and thrive!

First of all get to know all the people at office!

One of the main abilities in any role is to know everyone, in every department, including remote and part-time employees. All your professional responsibilities are essentially related to the job roles of these people and their requirements. Hence, if you are to survive your first few weeks as an HR executive, learn about the organization’s personnel.

What exactly should you look into?

  • Their names and other personal information relevant to HR management
  • Their job roles and responsibilities
  • The department they belong to and how long they’ve worked for the company
  • Their specialties/ competencies
  • Their salaries

Quite often, you will have to refer to this kind of information repeatedly to complete your duties as an HR professional. Now, the question arises; how are you going to handle such a vast amount of information about such a large number of people? The answer is quite simple; use an organizational chart.

Below is an example of an organisational chart of an HR department of a company. Depending on your organization and the scenario you are implementing it on, you can add information to or remove information from the org chart.


An organisational chart is a graphical representation of an organisation’s structure. It indicates the job roles, responsibilities and relevant departments of employees as well as the relationships between them. You can put down all the above information about the office staff in one single org chart or several of them as you find it convenient.

Remember that this org chart(s) would be the foundation for most of the tasks you have to work on. With an online diagramming tool, you will be able to create a comprehensive org chart effortlessly and keep it saved for future reference.

Find efficient ways to fulfill your responsibilities

Sure, you read the job description when you applied for the job (and even thought to yourself that this is going to be a piece of cake), but in practice, your duties might be different from what you imagined. Since the first few days will lay the foundation to your career, it is important to learn everything by heart. It is not enough to simply finish your tasks, but you need to learn and take initiative in finding new ways to finish your tasks most efficiently.

Don’t forget to learn about what type of a business your company is in 

If you only have a poor knowledge as to what type of a business – products or services, the industry, business goals, marketing strategies, target market, investors, and shareholders etc. – your company is running, you won’t be able to contribute to its growth as an employee. Therefore, it is important to know how each department operates, how each manager works and comes up with strategies and how each individual contributes to the completion of projects.

Deepening your knowledge on how the business operates will allow you to come up with effective strategies to plan for things required in your role.

Hone your multitasking skills

On a typical day, you would have a large to-do list so you should be prepared to multitask and do so efficiently.

It is important to get your priorities in order; after the first few days, you will be able to form an idea as to what exactly your chief responsibilities are.

While you prepare your organisational charts and try to get several tasks done within a matter of few hours, remember to stay positive throughout everything. If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to approach colleagues to clarify things.

Good luck on your first few weeks in your new role!

About Amanda Athuraliya

Amanda Athuraliya is the communication specialist/content writer at Cinergix, the team behind the development of the organizational chart software, Creately. She is an avid reader, a budding writer and a passionate researcher who loves to write about all kinds of topics.


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