No one ever really thinks they are going to repeat their first day of school experience, but a decade later I found myself having similar thoughts as I started my first week of work at Mojo Media Labs. Would I make friends? Was my outfit “cool”? Would I ever learn these strange words all the other kids (sorry co-workers) seemed to know? Fortunately, much like when I was eight, these questions have become a little more than amusing memories.Not really knowing the Dallas highway system and the copious amount of traffic, I knew I was in for a daily morning adventure. And on the first day, it was a drive stressing about all of the new things I wanted to know. Although I had just been to the office that Friday, I wondered what it would actually be like now that I am a part of the Mojo team.
I walked in ready to conquer the day, and I froze, my mind went blank. All I could remember was, “Hi. It’s my first day.” With a skip in her step our HR gal greeted me and showed me to my desk, showered me with Mojo goodies, and introduced me to the staff. And it was off to the races.
As I look back, I wish I had known several things before my first day to avoid re-living that same eight-year-old anxiety spell. This is my advice and words of wisdom for you new hires at Mojo, or anywhere else:
Take Your Time
First, take your time and be patient with yourself. We all have different ways of adapting to new settings, so if it takes you slightly longer to get up the courage to ask someone to have coffee or to figure out how to make changes in a Trello card, remember that is perfectly okay!
The Albert Einstein quote, “a person who never made a mistake never tried anything new,” has never been more true than during your first week of a new position. Make a mistake and learn from it. Doing the opposite, will do you no good.
Strive for Greatness
Second, always strive for greatness. With every task given to you, work on it like you are the expert you know you will become. And, when you are struggling, ask for help. Everyone understands that you are finding your bearings and will think no less of you for asking for assistance.
Your manager will be there every step of the way helping you succeed. They will be there to discuss topics such as strategies, culture, provide process lists, expectations set by the client and for your personal growth. All these tools are given so you can achieve all of your performance goals.
Build a Support System
Third, and maybe the most important; find those people around you, no matter their level, who share your values in order to develop a support system in the agency. A study done by Tom Rath, Gallup Organization’s director revealed that “Those who say they have no real friends at work have only a one in twelve chance of feeling engaged at their job. Conversely, if you have a ‘best friend at work,’ you are seven times more likely to feel engaged in your job.” Everyone at Mojo is your friend, but we all know the importance of having that one go-to person. You are not your eight-year-old self, you have the skills to make friends.
Finally, just like the first day of school, when you get past your nerves, you will see a world of opportunity, you will learn more than you ever have and meet some of the most inspiring and passionate people in Texas.
Remember: the experiences that scare us often end up being the most rewarding.