Roxanne Flores, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is Vice President, Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer at Meredith Corporation, a role she assumed in April 2018 when the company acquired TIME, Inc. Roxanne oversees all aspects of the company’s human resources worldwide, including talent development, employee engagement, labor relations and compensation and benefits.
Congratulations! You landed your dream job. I’m guessing you’re equal parts excited and terrified. Change, even when we seek it, can be hard.
I know that overcoming the learning curve at a new job —while making friends and leaving a positive impression on your new boss— can leave even the most qualified, secure and grounded person feeling stressed. There is, however, a way to get through this and tackle your newbie status. It’s called the 30/60/90 plan: a written outline of your strategy and plans for the first three months on the job. More homework, Roxanne? Yes, but it will be worth it, I promise. 😉
The point of writing down a plan of action is to help you ease into your new role. Start with the creation of an objective and list of deliverables that align back to that goal. The best plans have actionable items and timetables you can point back to. They also should act as a facilitator for career development at your new company.
The first 30 days: Newbie learns the ropes
The first thing I recommend is that you immediately spend time with your supervisor to understand what the department goals are and how they are tied to the company strategy. Take this time to take in as much information —including what success in your role looks like from the lens of your boss. Then, ask for a list of key people to meet. Set up meet-and-greets with those folks. This is the time for less talking and more active listening. Use this time to get a feel for the team and company culture. There will be time for your colleagues to learn about you, but at this stage you want to learn about the company and build rapport. Authentic listening generates respect and trust, which will prove useful in the future.
60 days: How you fit in
This is the period where you are starting to figure out where you can add value. You will likely still be seeking guidance on process and procedures but are feeling more confident to create plans, give opinions and put your past experience to good use. Hopefully, the first 30-days provided you with information on achievable priorities. You should be taking on more responsibility and delving into the details. This is time when you should also be pulse checking your performance with your manager. Put this in your plan!
90 days: Off to the races!
By now you are beginning to implement the plans you’ve created. You should be up-to-speed, working more autonomously and contributing in a more meaningful way. Be observant and keep an ear out for new projects so you can contribute to them. During this period of time, you can really demonstrate your capabilities and how you can contribute for long-term success.
Trust the 30/60/90 plan; it will take you from being a newly-hired employee to an effective and valuable member of the team.
You have this! ¡Manos a la obra! Until next week.
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