On-boarding your New Boss - S8 Expert Recruitment Solutions

On-boarding your New Boss


On-boarding your New Boss

When you have a new boss starting in your workplace, most people assume their boss will be responsible for giving them the lie of the land. But, what if you took on a more proactive role in this? Although your boss will learn a lot of what they need to know from their own seniors, there’s no one better positioned to teach them about you than you are!
Taking this proactive approach with the start of your new boss will impress them and the wider business, especially if you were in consideration for the role they filled. Nothing says “I’m professional and should be the first person you think of next time a position like this comes up” quite like taking the high-road and being involved in the on-boarding of your boss.

Welcome them with confidence and sincerity

It’s important that you take the time to introduce yourself to your new boss. Whether you’re approaching them or they’ve been brought to meet you, stand up, look them in the eye and confidently shake their hand. Allow a chance to make a connection to ensure you’re not someone who will be easily forgotten.
After a little time, when they’ve had a chance to get settled, find an opportunity to suggest time to meet with them one on one.

Understand their goals and expectations

Before you prepare that presentation of your hopes and dreams for your boss, it’s best to understand their intentions. Seek information from them about what they’re hoping to achieve by asking questions such as:
– How do you see my role?
– Where would you like to see me focus?
– What do you see as our key challenges?
– What are our key deliverables for the next 3, 6 and 12 months?
It’s great for you to be prepared with your goals for your role and your team however, it’s important to ensure they’re aligned with what is needed from you.

Inform them about you and your team

Put together some information about your team. Explain what you’ve been working on and how it fits in with the wider business. Keep it professional and objective and stick to the facts.
This is a great opportunity to raise any issues you may be facing but definitely keep it positive. To avoid appearing to be just looking for a vent, try to offer your own suggestions for problem-solving.
If you have aspirations for career advancement or even just continuing to succeed in your current position, getting off on the right foot with your new boss is the best way to start. You’ll be able to set-up a positive and open relationship and in making the effort, you’re clearly communicating your intentions to be a key team-player.

Shannon Wood, Managing Director S8 Expert Recruitment Solutions. I have over 14 years recruitment experience specialising in the animal health industry across the ANZ region. Areas of expertise include sales and marketing, technical roles (Quality Assurance, Quality Control & Regulatory Affairs) and operational & financial positions. I work extensively in the veterinary, ruminant, monogastric, aquaculture and the pet specialty industries and I look forward to the next 14 years.


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