Your first day at a new job can be exciting and daunting at the same time. But the more you can find out about your job and workplace from the get-go, the easier it will be for you to hit the ground running.
Here are 5 things you can ask your new employer on Day 1.
1. What does a typical day look like?
You probably have a decent idea of what your new job involves, but it’s worth digging a bit deeper to find out exactly what’s expected of you. This will put you and your boss on the same page as to how you should spend your work time and which activities to prioritise.
By asking the right questions, you might learn about extra tasks that weren’t mentioned in the job description. You could also ask your boss if there are any processes that you could have a go at improving – and whether they’re comfortable with you experimenting to get better results.
2. Where should I go for help?
When you start out in a new job, it’s normal to have heaps of questions while you’re learning. Find out who you can speak to if you have a problem, and ask if there are any training manuals you can refer to.
Make sure you introduce yourself to your co-workers so you can learn about what they’re responsible for. That way you’ll know who to turn to for guidance. It can also help you understand the structure of the organisation and each team member’s role.
3. How should I get in touch with you?
Every manager has a different communication style. While some are very hands-on and want regular updates and progress reports, others may prefer you to only email or phone them for urgent stuff.
That’s why you should find out how often your boss expects you to stay in contact. The last thing you want is to look like you’re hassling them – or ignoring them.
4. How will my work be reviewed?
It’s best to know upfront how and when your boss will be judging your work performance. Most organisations have a review process, whether it involves setting specific targets or having weekly catch-ups. Some managers like to give regular feedback to their team members, while others only hold meetings a few times a year.
Remember, every performance review is also a chance for you to develop and improve your skills. And down the track, it might even be a good time to ask for a promotion or a raise.
5. How will my wages and super be paid?
If there’s one golden rule for work, it’s knowing when payday is! Find out whether you get paid weekly, fortnightly or monthly so you don’t end up blowing your budget.
Another thing you might not have considered is superannuation. In most cases, your employer is legally required to pay you super on top of your wages. The current super rate is 9.5% of your base salary – so check your super balance from time to time to make sure your boss is paying you the right amount.
You can ask your employer to make these compulsory payments straight into your Essential Super account. To get started, you just need to log on to the CommBank app and tap Share account details with employer. And if you don’t yet have a super account, it’s easy to set one up.