Getting a new job can be a very exciting experience, including for executives and professionals. It is important to remember though that the time period when one is starting on with a new employer is not only one that can be exhilarating, but also one that is quite impactful. What a person does during this time could have significant impacts on key things such as their financial future and how the new job ends up going for them.

One of these impactful actions is what employment agreements a person ultimately enters into. As one of our previous posts noted, the terms of the employment contracts a person enters into can end up having implications on a wide range of things for them. So, entering employment contracts without having a clear understanding of their terms and the terms’ implications could result in an employee facing some significant unpleasant surprises. This is among the reasons why executives and professionals may want to have a skilled employment lawyer review the employment agreements they are being asked to sign in relation to a job they have been offered.

Another thing that can have some significant ramifications for a worker who is starting in a new job is how they act at their new workplace. What a person does in the first few weeks and months in a new job can affect things like how well they are able to integrate into their new company and how they are viewed by their coworkers and bosses. So, there are certain types of conduct it can be important to avoid during this period. Here are some examples of things that could get a professional or executive into some trouble when they are just starting on in a new job:

  • Talking too much about their old job.
  • Just assuming they will be successful at the new job.
  • Not seeking out feedback on their performance.
  • Not getting to know the people they will be working with.
  • Ignoring and failing to learn the culture of their new workplace.

What do you think are the most important things to stay away from when starting a new job? What do you think are the best things to do in your first few weeks and months at a new job?

Source: Fortune, “Why You Shouldn’t Talk About Your Old Job in a New Role,” Vildan Kehr, June 26, 2016